The Smoggy West Lake in Hangzhou

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The West Lake Landscape, a World Cultural Heritage Site, dominates the psyche of the locals and visitors. Walking along the 15-km perimeter of the lake is a delightful rewind. If not strong legs, choose any of the sections for a leisure stroll; or you may easily rent a bike since the area around the lake is very bike-friendly. The lake shoreline is full of well-maintained paths and gardens which are all free including the lake itself.

The West Lake presents its different picturesque views under different time of a day, different weathers and different seasons. Even in a smog ( not heavily smoggy – around P.M 120), the West Lake still looks mesmerizing like a traditional water and mountain scroll of Chinese painting.

The popular tourist West Lake does attracts domestic tourists who come in droves. A bit annoyed by the noisy huge crowds? Well, just mingle with the crowds and people-watch. Many local people do all kinds of impromptu activities like singing, dancing, playing chess, flying kites, taichi, calligraphy with water brushes, etc.

On your Hangzhou tour, walking along the water edge gives you a picture of classic beauty of China and a better understanding of its people.

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A close-up view of the rowing boats by the water edge

A close-up view of the rowing boats by the water edge

A close-up view of the rowing boats by the water edge

On the lake edge in the largest island in the West Lake,  boatmen are waiting for business.

 boatmen are waiting for business.

boatmen are waiting for business.

The withered yellow lotuses on the Inner West Lake with the Baoshu Hill and Baidi Causeway on the background, a late autumn view of the lake.

The withered yellow lotuses on the Inner West Lake

The withered yellow lotuses on the Inner West Lake

Walking and biking along the Baidi Causeway.

Walking and biking along the Baidi Causeway.

Walking and biking along the Baidi Causeway.

It is a leisure and contemplative walk on the Baidi Causeway lined with waving willow trees.

Walk on the Baidi Causeway lined with waving willow trees.

Walk on the Baidi Causeway lined with waving willow trees.

Walking on the lake edge, appreciating the hazy West Lake.

Walking on the lake edge, appreciating the hazy West Lake.

Walking on the lake edge, appreciating the hazy West Lake.

 

Two foreign visitors are cycling on the Baidi Causeway, a great way of traveling the lake.

Two foreign visitors are cycling on the Baidi Causeway

Two foreign visitors are cycling on the Baidi Causeway

Flying a paper ring kite.

Flying a paper ring kite.

Flying a paper ring kite.

More pleasure boats waiting on the  water edge and cruising on the lake.

More pleasure boats

More pleasure boats

The legendary so-called Broken Bridge, an arched bridge connecting the Baidi Causeway with the shore.

The legendary so-called Broken Bridge,

The legendary so-called Broken Bridge,

A close-up view of the Baishan Hill and Baishu Pagoda in a late autumn hue.

A close-up view of the Baishan Hill and Baishu Pagoda in a late autumn hue.

A close-up view of the Baishan Hill and Baishu Pagoda in a late autumn hue.

 
The images and views of the West Lake will linger in your mind for ever

The images and views of the West Lake will linger in your mind for ever

The images and views of the West Lake will linger in your mind for ever

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