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Hangzhou is one of China's more popular travel destinations, and travelers usually visit Hangzhou to enjoy some great parks, lakes, and villages. Staying over at least a day or two in Hangzhou is really worthwhile if you're traveling through China's Zhejiang Province region. Hangzhou's most well-known attractions include the West Lake and Ling Yin Temple. Check out this Hangzhou travel guide to find out more about all the great stuff to see and do there.
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The West Lake came from a shallow bay in ancient times where Qiantang River ran into the sea. It was formerly named as Wulin Water Golden Buffalo Lake, Qiantang Lake and Xizi Lake. As it lies in the west of Hangzhou, it was later named the West Lake. It covers an area of 6.6KM2, the average depth being 2.27M and the deepest being 5M. It has mountain on three sides and the city on the remaining one side.The Lake and mountain are magnificent. Centered on the West Lake Scenic Area is a national scenic area with a total area of 59KM2.
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This is the West Lake of China.  Shanghai can serve as a great base camp to head out from.  Although, West Lake can be done in 1 long day, I recommend two days, and to stay at the IYH next to the lake.  The first day can easily be filled going on the various islands and walkways.  On the second day Lingyin Temple (you must buy a ticket into the park and then another into the temple complex), botanical gardens, etc. can be done.  K7 from the mausoleum is the cheapest way to Lingyin Temple.
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Your Best Choice must try Dragon Well Green Tea 龙井茶 (Organic Tea) Beautiful West Lake 西湖
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