West Lake Cruise Boats

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West Lake Cruise Boats information

Hángzhōu , China
Hubin Lu; 湖滨路
round trip adult/child ¥70/35
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Wooden cruise boats shuttle from a number of points around West Lake (including Gushan Island, Yue Fei Temple, Red Carp Pond and No 1 Park at the south end of Hubin Lu) past the Mid-Lake Pavilion to Xiǎoyíng Island , which has a fine central pavilion and ‘nine-turn’ causeway. Boats depart either every 20 minutes or when full.

From Xiǎoyíng Island you can look over at the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon , a string of three small towers in the water, each of which has five holes that release shafts of candlelight on the night of the Mooncake Festival in mid-autumn. Your ticket allows you to take another boat on to Gushan Island or to any of the other cruise boat docks.

If you want to contemplate the moon at a slower pace, hire one of the smaller six or 11 person boats (小船; xiǎo chuán ; about 1hr; small boat ¥150, big boat ¥180) rowed by a boatman. Look for them along the causeways. Self-rowing boats are also available, but foreign tourists are not allowed access these without a Chinese escort.