Hangzhou’s West Lake Snow Wonderland

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“It is snowing!” has become a rare excitement for the local Hangzhou people. Hangzhou, in China’s mid-east coastal area, used to snow quite a lot even just back to 1970s when I was a kid. Playing snowball fight, making a snowman and taking snow scene photos were much expected during each snowfall. Partly due to the global warming, Hangzhou now rarely expects the unexpected “It’s snowing now!”, which is a very common thing in the Northeast China (Dongbei).

Blanketing Hangzhou into a snow wonderland, the recent snowfall has stirred up the whole city with West Lake flocked by sightseeing crowds, even attracting numerous visitors from nearby cities like the mega-city of Shanghai, which regards Hangzhou as its back garden. Going to Hangzhou from Shanghai by high speed train is a breeze, making a day trip an easy job.

A World Culture Heritage crowned site, West Lake in Hangzhou is a representative Chinese classical beauty – boats drifting slowly through the mesmerizing lake, willow-lined lakeshores, pagoda-toppled hills rising over the waters, much hyped as the most beautiful lake in China. Its beauty has been eulogized by poets, writers, emperors for the past over one thousand years.

If you happen to be on your Hangzhou tour or Shanghai tour while you are hit by unexpected snowing in Hangzhou, no matter you are a snow bird craving sunshine and warm weather or from a warm country longing for seeing snow, it is worthwhile going out and bracing for stunning views of the China’s classical beauty! Of course, you won’t miss the Snow Lingering on Broken Bridge.

Braving the snow along Bai Causeway

Braving the snow along Bai Causeway

 

Snow Lingering on Broken Bridge

Snow Lingering on Broken Bridge

 

Boat flower on the snowy West Lake

Boat flower on the snowy West Lake

 

Beautiful Geometry of a Snow Triangle

Beautiful Geometry of a Snow Triangle

 

Inverted snow scene reflected on the water.

Inverted snow scene reflected on the water

 

Snow scene at  Changqiao Park along West Lake

Snow scene at Changqiao Park along West Lake

 

Beautiful West Lake after snow

Beautiful West Lake after snow

 

The snowy West Lake under the blue sky

The snowy West Lake under the blue sky

 

Plum Blossom at Gushan Island on West Lake

Plum Blossom at Gushan Island on West Lake

 

The snow scene at Gushan Island on West Lake

The snow scene at Gushan Island on West Lake

 

The spectacular Chenghuang Pagoda overlooking the misty West Lake

The spectacular Chenghuang Pagoda overlooking the misty West Lake

 

The snowy West Lake under sunset glow

The snowy West Lake under sunset glow

 

The  Broken Bridge and Bai Causeway after dark

The Broken Bridge and Bai Causeway after dark

Add-on:

West Lake in the early morning
The Night View of West Lake
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

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