The little sister of Westlake!

Hangzhou not only has the westlake, there is also the Xianghu, a smaller lake in the south of the city which is also said to be the “little sister” of Westlake.
This lake is not so well known as the westlake and as it is quite far from the city centre, so it is less visited as well!
If you liked the westlake but want to see a less crowded place at the water, you should take a look at the following article.

We went to Xianghu in the beginning of October, the weather was still warm and we enjoyed a nice day there.
The best way to come here is to take the metro. You should leave at the Station “Xianghu” which is the last station of metro line 1 if you take it to go west.
From here, you can already go by foot, it will take around 20 minutes to reach Xianghu.

I reached the campanile of venice! Can't be too far ... wait, what!?
I reached the campanile of venice! Can’t be too far … wait, what!?

You will come past this tower on your way to Xianghu – it belongs to a theme park which is build in the style of the italian renaissance. By the way, this is not the only copy of a european building in Hangzhou, there’s also another Eifeltower here but that’s a story for another time.

After wondering about the venitian church tower, you will soon arrive the Xianghu.
A beautiful scenery is awaiting you and I promise – it will look more chinese!
We started our tour in this little traditional village at the lake. We actually wanted to get something to eat there but the local restaurant was closed at that time.

This beautiful gate marks the entrance of the city!
This beautiful gate marks the entrance of the city!

Finally we reached the lake side and could enjoy the weather at this magnificent lake!
There are bridges all over the lake and you can go from side to side easily. The lotus leafs mixed with the traditional Chinese architecture seen on these pavillons and bridges looks amazing in this weather!

The first look over Xianghu was amazing to us!
The first look over Xianghu was amazing to us!

We wanted to stroll along the lake, we heard about some ruins that were to be found at the other side of the lake.

There are small, but long bridges all over the lake!
There are small, but long bridges all over the lake!

The grammar on this sign is just plain wrong - stillI I think this is kind of a cute way to stop the people from messing with their environment
The grammar on this sign is just plain wrong – stillI I think this is kind of a cute way to stop the people from messing with their environment

Gradually it became clear, that we won’t reach these ruins.

A wonderful day at Xianghu ends with a wonderful sunset
A wonderful day at Xianghu ends with a wonderful sunset

This is, where we decided to turn around and go home. We enjoyed a wonderful day at an amazing lake, took a lot of photos and enjoyed a beautiful scenery.

As a sailor, I loved to sit at  the calm lake after an eventful day
As a sailor, I loved to sit at the calm lake after an eventful day

I hope you liked our impressions of the Xianghu. This was so far one of our best trips in Hangzhou, it might not be as popular as the other sights but maybe that’s the point of it.
Have you been here before? How did you like it? Did you reach the ruins?
Share your opinion in the comments below, we are happy to answer any questions!

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