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West Lake, 10 years later after UNESCO honor

ehangzhou.gov.cn| Updated: March 22, 2021 L M S

A promotional video of the West Lake Cultural Landscape being inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List for 10 years. [Video provided to ehangzhou.gov.cn]

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, which comprises the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in June 2011.

Ten years later, the inscribed landscape not only continues to inspire famous poets, scholars, and artists since the 9th century, but it also serves as a model for seeking a harmonious balance between urban development and heritage preservation.

As one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hangzhou, West Lake offers visitors different highlights depending on the season, which are also known as the Ten Scenes of West Lake, which includes: Su Causeway; Breeze-Ruffled Lotuses at Quyuan Garden; Lingering Snow on Broken Bridge, which can be enjoyed all year round; Leifeng Pagoda at dusk; and Three Pools Mirror the Moon, which, as the name suggests, should be visited at sunset or on moonlit nights.


Lingering Snow on Broken Bridge. [Photo by Yu Guangming/WeChat account: westlake_china]

Some places can be visited at any time regardless of seasonal or weather conditions, including Orioles Singing in the Willows, Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds, and Evening Bell Ringing on Nanping Hill.


Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds. [Photo by Yu Guangming/WeChat account: westlake_china]

They are all linked by tree-lined boulevards, causeways or hiker-friendly trails so they can be covered on foot or a free public bike. In addition, comfortable electric carts or cruise boats are also available.

Scenic spot level: AAAAA

Ideal sightseeing season: March to October

Opening hours: Different spots open at different times.

Ticket price: Free for entrance.

Address: Downtown Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

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