Hangzhou – West Lake

hangzhou west lake sunset

西湖 – 浙江,杭州

Considering the amount of photos of Hangzhou I want to show you guys, I thought I would split this trip into two posts so this post is dedicated to West Lake.

Boy oh boy, Hangzhou in February was absolutely freezing and I can painfully remember my fingers were in pain from the cold (not exaggerating) even though I was wore two layers of gloves. But anyways, was it worth it for the following pictures I have captured? Probably, maybe.

Honestly, I didn’t know much about Hangzhou, I’d just thought I’d stop by as it wasn’t too far from Shanghai. Having spent 5 full days there and I must admit, it was a bit too long due to the snow and cold weather (like, am I even British if I don’t complain or talk about the weather?). I did enjoy my stay but I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was warmer.

I must have walked around West Lake every day as there were a lot of different routes from it to various attractions nearby. Plus, I got to see it at different times of the day, except for sunrise. It was the perfect photo opportunity. I will need to make another trip to see it in the Spring and Summer when there are blossoms, just nature blooming everywhere. However, I have heard it does get overcrowded on nice days. I can see why.

hangzhou west lake bridge
hangzhou west lake
hangzhou west lake bridge
hangzhou west lake
hangzhou west lake
hangzhou west lake cityscape
hangzhou west lake pagoda sunset
hangzhou west lake sunset
hangzhou west lake sunset
hangzhou west lake fountain
hangzhou west lake fountain
hangzhou west lake
hangzhou west lake pagoda
hangzhou west lake pagoda

West Lake Scenic Sights
Dawn on the Su Causeway (苏堤春晓)
Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard (曲苑风荷)
Melting Snow on Broken Bridge (断桥残雪)
Sunset Glow over Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰夕照)
Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds (双峰插云)
Viewing Fish and Lotus Fronds at Flower Pond (花港观鱼)
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (三潭印月)
Autumn Moon over the Peaceful Lake (平湖秋月)
Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪闻莺)
Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill (南屏晚钟)
And many more…

Guozhuang Garden (郭庄)
Long Jing Tea Farms (龙井茶园)
Bamboo Forest (云栖竹径)
National Tea Museum (中国茶叶博物馆)
Few Lai Feng (飞来峰)
King Qian’s Memorial (钱王祠)
West Lake Musical Fountain (西湖音乐喷泉)
Six Harmonies Pagoda (六和塔)
Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰塔)
Impression West Lake (印象西湖)
And many more…


  1. 30th May 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Your photos of Hangzhou Lake looks amazing but not being a fan of the cold I know I would be frozen if I was there. The sunset photo is amazing, you are so lucky to be able to capture it.

  2. 31st May 2018 / 7:38 am

    Your photos are absolutely stunning and it looks really atmospheric, although the cold doesn’t sound too good x

  3. 31st May 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Your featured pictures are absolutely stunning, what a beautiful place 🙂

  4. 31st May 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Those pictures are lovely and I think the very cold weather was worth it for these pictures. It would be great to see it in spring or autumn.

  5. 31st May 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Wow, what a spectacular place it is – I can imagine it was very cold but worth it for the photos you got!

  6. Daisy
    6th June 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Wow I absolutely love your beautiful photographs!!This looks like such a beautiful place to visit!!!

  7. Elizabeth O
    7th June 2018 / 9:01 am

    Oh wow this place looks incredible. The pictures you captured are truly stunning! I hope you had the best time exploring!

  8. 7th June 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I think I need to take a trip out of Europe at some point! China has always intrigued me.

  9. 8th June 2018 / 4:17 am

    Picture perfect! They seem to have been taken straight out of a movie.

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