Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou

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Plan your Hangzhou tour? An early morning stroll around West Lake is highly recommended. Why? The early morning view of West lake is fantastic and no tourist hordes get you elbowed.

I start up my first day in the new year by having a stroll around West Lake near my lodging hotel in Hangzhou – Hanting Express ( Xihu Meiyuan Hangzhou).

At 6:00am I stop staying snuggled in my warm bed and get up. After a quick teeth brushing and face washing, I go out on to the quiet street paralleling the lake. It is still dark outside.

Of course, I’m not the only person on the street. A water splashing truck is passing by making the street wet. On the way to the most famous section of the lake front park- Hubin Park ( Lakeshore Park).

I come across several early morning risers. They are young people, look like post 80’s generation, happy and excited. Maybe they are classmates, good friends in real life or friends from the internet on a spontaneous travel. Will 80s generation or 90s generation still use a travel agency to organise their travel? I don’t think so. Actually a travel agency in the terms of “traditional travel agency” has already disappeared.

Today is overcast. The whole West Lake is in the mist. The grey haze makes the lake resembles a paper roll of Chinese brush painting, poetic and spiritual. To my pleasant surprise, four ducks are swimming on the lake, giving vivid life to the quiet lake.

The grey haze makes the lake resembles a paper roll of Chinese brush painting.

The grey haze makes the lake resembles a paper roll of Chinese brush painting

A pavilion with its reflection

A pavilion with its reflection

Doing Taiji in the early morning by the West Lake

Doing Taiji in the early morning by the West Lake

Yellow willow and zigzag bridge around the lake

Yellow willow and zigzag brideg around the lake

Hangzhou still has a green world during this cold winter

Hangzhou still has a green world during this cold winter

 

A moon bridge, willow trees and pavilions, a garden on earth

A moon bridge, willow trees and pavilions, a garden on earth

The path around the lake is clean and pretty

 

The path around the lake is clean and pretty.

 

A group of seniors doing Taiji by the lake

A group of seniors doing Taiji by the lake

 

 Leifeng Pagoda in a mist

 

Leifeng Pagoda in a mist

 

Further Readings


1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

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15 Responses to “Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou”

  1. irene says:

    How far is the Sofitel Hotel Hangzhou in the west lake area?

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Irene,

    The Sofitel Hotel Hangzhou is located just next to the West Lake. Walk from your Sofitel Hotel,turn left and cross the Nanshan Road, you will see the Lake!

  3. Brian says:

    Hi, what is the distance around the lake and is there a path that goes all the way around? I’ll be heading there this weekend for a month long stay and I will be in the Hyatt Regency and I am looking for some good running routes in the area. Also, what time does it get dark this time of year?

  4. Daniel says:

    Hello Brian,

    The perimeter of West Lake is 15KM. A very small part of West Lake is not walkable and occupied by some sites. You may have a jogging around the lake early in the morning.

    Just for your reference:

    Today’s Sunrise: 6:58am
    Sunset: 5:06pm

  5. via says:

    How far is Letu 99 Hostel Xiaoshan
    No.630 Jianshesi Road ,Xiao shan District Hangzhou China to this lake?

  6. Daniel says:

    Hello Via,

    The West Lake is about 18 km to the west of Letu 99 Hostel Xiaoshan, a taxi ride costs about RMB 65.

  7. Tricia says:

    Hi,

    I am staying at Wuyang Holiday Hotel Hangzhou. A few places I would like to go:
    a) How far in terms of km away from West Lake by walking?
    b) Zhejiang University
    c) Watch Impression West Lake
    d) Songcheng Hangzhou

    Who can recommend reliable transport provider in Hangzhou?

  8. Daniel says:

    Hi Tricia,

    1. West Lake by walking: 2.7 km, 45 minutes
    2. Zhejiang University: 17 km, taxi fare aprrox. 45 yuan
    3. Watch Impression West Lake: 5.8 km, taxi fare about 20 yuan
    4. Songcheng Hangzhou: 11km,taxi fare 30

    Not sure about your criteria for “reliable transport provider”. Basically you can take a taxi, rent a bike or just walk.

    Have a good time in Hangzhou!

  9. ewe chong teh says:

    Hi,
    I will visit Hangzhou on this coming Nov. 5th. for three days. How far is the Hangzhou Bokai Westlake Hotel Hangzhou to the west lake area? I like to walk around the lake start at 9am. visit 岳王庙,苏小小,武松,秋瑾墓,can I make it within 3 hrs?

    Teh Chong

  10. Daniel says:

    Hi ewe chong teh,

    It’s a ten-minute walk from your hotel to West Lake. The circuit around West Lake is 15 km, and basically it takes 3-4 hours for a loop walk along the lake.

  11. ewe chong teh says:

    Hi, Daniel

    Thanks for your useful information.

    1) Which type of transport prefer to visit around Westlake other than Taxi? I mean can stop sightseeing then continue my Westlake visit. What is the charges?

    2) Any transport to 宋城 from Bokai Westlake Hotel ? When back from 宋城 to my hotel is it easy to get transport like van or Taxi ?

    Thank you.

    Chong.

  12. Daniel says:

    Hi ewe chong teh,

    1. Tour West Lake
    You may walk arond the ciruit of West Lake ( 15km ) or hire a bicycle from the bike booths dotted around the lake.

    2. Trasport from your hotel to Soncheng (宋城)
    You take Bus 308 from the bus stop of South Huansha Road ( 浣纱路南站),about 260 meters from your hotel, then get off at the 18th stop of 宋城。 The whole bus ride takes about one hout and 10 minutes.

  13. Daniel says:

    Hi ewe chong teh,

    Just follow uo my previous reply. Hangzhou bike rental:

    www.tour-beijing.com/blog/zhejiang-travel/hangzhou-travel/hangzhou-bicycle-hire

  14. ewe chong teh says:

    Hi,Daniel,

    Is it far away from Hangzhou Bokai Westlake Hotel to the Sangongyuan musical fountain ? Is it safe to walk around Westlake in the evening abount 7 to 8pm.

    Thank you.
    Chong

  15. Daniel says:

    Hi ewe chong teh,

    “Sangongyuan” means ” No.3 Park” which refers to one of the six parks along the River Bank Park ( Hubin Park or 湖滨公园). The musical fountain is not very far, about 40 minutes or one hour walk from your hotel. Just walk from your hotel to the lake shore and then stroll along the lake to the north direction.

    See the link below:

    www.tour-beijing.com/blog/zhejiang-travel/hangzhou-travel/musical-fountains-in-hangzhou

    Enjoy yourself!

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