The Pure and Fresh Winter Beauty of West Lake in Hangzhou

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Plan your Hangzhou tour? January is the coldest month in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 2 hours’ drive to the south-west of the metropolitan Shanghai.

Hangzhou is a garden city noted for its charming West Lake, a site of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. For various reasons, you are going to visit Hangzhou during the coldest January or February, the garden city still won’t let you disappointed. It will embrace your with its pureness and freshness of the winter scenes.

Yesterday Hangzhou fell to the lowest temperature at – 6 degrees  celsius. Braving the extreme coldness in Hangzhou climate history,  at noon I took the shuttle boat from Huagang Wharf to the largest island in West Lake. The island is known as Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly nicknamed “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon”.

One of the merits of visiting Hangzhou in winter is the less tourist crowd with more time and space for your own.  The return boat ticket costs 55 yuan. I was the only person in the boat cruising from Huagang Wharf to the island.

Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly known as “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon” is a typical Chinese gardening art with limpid lakes in the form of Chinese character – 田. Pavilions, zigzag bridges,  lakes, trees and bamboos are harmoniously set in the island.

Leftover snow still blanketed the island landscape here and there in a delicate way. About 80% of the lake surfaces were frozen with thin layers of ice.  It is said that the frozen surface scenes in the island haven’t been seen in winter in the past 7 years.

There weren’t t many tourists on the island yesterday. I walked around the island leisurely and took some photos of the winter landscape of the charming island. Please share some of my pictures below taken yesterday.

The Zigzag Bridge on the Island.


The four inner lakes are connected by poetic bridges.


The charming landscape of the island in winter.


Pavilions, Trees, Bridges and Lakes dominate the landscape.


The natural beauty of the island.


The Pavilion is the best place to view the three pagodas above the lake.

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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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