The Post-Rain West Lake

Plan your Hangzhou tour? West Lake would be your highlight on your Hangzhou trip. West Lake is likened to the Chinese classical novel “A Dream of Red Mansions” or the Bible, which you are unable to read totally. The West Lake scene changes with the different moments, different seasons and under different weather conditions.

I cannot remember how many leisure circuits I have made of West Lake with a circumference of 15km (9 miles). Each time West Lake’s mesmerizing landscape would catch my heart and touch my soul with its unique wear, light on rainy or post-rain days, or rich on sunny days.

Of course, the reason why West Lake has been listed as World Cultural Heritage is not just its picturesque landscape. it is also related to numerous scholars, national heroes, revolutionary martyrs and folklores. In addition, West Lake is teeming with ancient buildings, engraved tablets in surrounding areas, which are part of Chinese culture.

West Lake also boasts plentiful plant resources. All year round, various kinds of flowers and plants in West Lake and on surrounding mountains compete for the beauty of West Lake, adding much to the landscape of plantation around the lake and also greatly improves Hangzhou’s environment.

All the gardens around West Lake is free to all. These gardens have influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea in the past centuries, showcasing the ideal blend between humans and nature.

Today, early in the morning I have a 1/3 circular walk along the lake from West Lake’s Lakeside Park 1, to Bai Di Causeway and end by Inner West Lake, a one and half hours’ ambling. Again today the West Lake’s wear after rain surpasses my expectation. I lose no time recording the momentary prettification of West Lake.

Bai Di Causeway, paddle boats and the city. The West Lake under the Sun peeping through the clouds.

The West Lake under the Sun peeping through the clouds
Gu Shan Island, Su Di Causeway and the misty mountains
The Inner West Lake resembles a traditional Chinese painting
The willow-lined water
Pleasure boats on the Inner West Lake
A paradise on earth

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

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