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A Glimpse Into: West Lake, Hangzhou

In 2011, Zhejiang caught the world’s attention when UNESCO awarded the prestigious World Heritage Site title to Hangzhou’s most visited spot: The West Lake (西湖).

A Glimpse Into: West Lake, Hangzhou

A Glimpse Into: West Lake, Hangzhou

Surrounded by cloud-capped hills, towering pagodas, and grandiose gardens, the whole complex is reminiscent of traditional Chinese paintings. Its beauty is such that it has influenced the works of several Chinese poets. One of whom was the famous Su Donggo of the Song Dynasty. He compared West Lake to Xi Zi, one of the four beauties in ancient China, in these oft-quoted lines:

Ripping water shimmering on a sunny day,
Misty mountains shrouded by the rain;
Plainly or gaily decked out like Xizi;
West Lake is always alluring.


According to folklore, West Lake had laid witness to the eternal love of Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian. The Legend of the White Snake – one of China’s earliest romantic myths – is so well known, that the lake complex has been considered to be one of the most romantic spots in China since ancient times. Nowadays, a casual stroll or a leisurely private boat ride seems to be the way to go for most couples visiting the famous shores hoping that, maybe, they will find everlasting love in the person next to them.

A Glimpse Into: West Lake, Hangzhou

A visit to the West Lake can be arranged by Amanfayun. Just approach the concierge!

William @ Passport Out

William is the Editor-in-Chief of The Passport Out.

  1. Lalaine Ong

    July 4, 2016 1:44 am

    Madame White Snake…one of China’s best tales. Great to see that in your story. Very nice! I miss this place

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:56 pm

      A personal favorite! Have you seen the movie? I cried at the ending!

  2. waynejackson

    July 4, 2016 1:45 am

    maaaan, your photos are something!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:56 pm

      Glad you like them!

  3. daeguking9877

    July 4, 2016 1:46 am

    wow! near shanghai, is it right?

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:57 pm

      Yup, that’s right!

  4. travelingdawn

    July 4, 2016 1:48 am

    i’m booked on october and will be staying at the FS Hangzhou. Now i’m thinking if I should try Amanfayun too! Tks for this!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:58 pm

      You’ll love both, I think!

  5. Stan Howard

    July 4, 2016 1:50 am

    Beautiful photos. Very dreamy. I wish I could visit this place someday.
    Because of passport out, I feel like I could see the world in your eyes. thank u for the inspiration

    • William at Passport Out

      July 5, 2016 2:39 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Stan! We appreciate it.

  6. joannelo86

    July 4, 2016 3:23 pm

    beautiful photographs!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:58 pm

      Thank you! Glad you appreciate them!

  7. Kim Rhodes

    July 4, 2016 3:23 pm

    Your China posts makes me want to visit the place even more!!!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 4, 2016 8:59 pm

      You’ll like Hangzhou! Let us know how you find things once you’re there. We’d love to know!

  8. J Marie

    July 5, 2016 11:29 am

    Breathtaking photos as always! Good job, Passportout

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      July 6, 2016 9:32 pm

      Thanks for always dropping by!

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