West Lake Cruise

West Lake, Hangzhou

The West Lake in Hangzhou is associated with bewitching beauty and legendary romance. It is likened to Xi Zi, one of the Four Beauties in ancient China. Cruising on the lake, you will marvel at its beauty, and perhaps feel as if you have stepped into a land of magic and fantasy.

 

Scenery on the West Lake

The West Lake is embraced by hills like a gem. The Su Causeway, Bai Causeway, and Yang Causeway, which are like three ribbons, divide the lake into the West Outer Lake, the West Inner Lake, the North Inner Lake, the Yuehu Lake, and the South Lake. There are also natural lake scenes with beautiful names, such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge in Winter, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds, and the Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow. The scenery changes according to the seasons. In spring, trees turn green, and birds fly in the air, chirping and warbling, while in summer the graceful lotus flowers are in full blossom. You can enjoy the tranquil lake in autumn, and smell the fragrant plum blossoms in winter. Everything is so exquisite.

Dragon Boat on West Lake
Dragon Boat on West Lake
 
West Lake Cruise
Rowing Boat

Cruise Information

No matter when you cruise, the view of West Lake is breathtaking. Boats can be hired in many wharfs along the lake. There are some unique boats, such as rowing boats modeled after those of the Qing Dynasty (1644- 1911), painted boats with designs of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127- 1279) and Qing Dynasty, and dragon boats from folktales about West Lake. These boats are of classic elegance even if modern conveniences are added. The detailed cruise information is listed below.

West Lake Cruise Map
West Lake Cruise Map


 Daytime Cruise

Boats Wharves to Take the Boat Price Time Destinations
Leisure Boats  No. 1 Lakeside Park Wharf;
Children's Palace Wharf;
Zhongshan Park Wharf;
Temple of General Yue Fei Wharf;
Hangzhou Restaurant Wharf;
Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park Wharf;
Qianwang Temple Wharf
CNY 55 per person (including entry ticket of the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon)  8:00- 16:00 Three Pools Mirroring the Moon; Mid-lake Pavilion
Painted Boats No. 2 Lakeside Park Wharf;
No. 5 Lakeside Park Wharf 
CNY 70 per person (including entry ticket of the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon)  8:00- 16:00  Three Pools Mirroring the Moon; Mid-lake Pavilion
Self-rowing Boats No. 6 Lakeside Park Wharf  CNY 30 per hour
(with a largest capacity of six passengers) 
8:00-15:00 On your own
Self-drive Boats Broken Bridge Wharf  Four-seat boats: CNY 20 every half an hour;
Six-seat boats: CNY 25 every half an hour
8:30-16:00  On your own
Rowing Boats No. 1 Lakeside Park Wharf;
No. 2 Lakeside Park Wharf;
No. 5 Lakeside Park Wharf;
Broken Bridge Wharf, etc.
CNY 150 per hour (with a largest capacity of six passengers)  9:00-15:30  Around the lake
Foreign Affairs Boats Foreign Affairs Wharf  CNY 35 per person  8:00-16:30 Around the lake

    
 Evening Cruise

Boats Wharves to Take the Boat  Price Route
Painted Boats  No. 1 Lakeside Park Wharf;
No. 2 Lakeside Park Wharf;
Children's Palace Wharf 
CNY 50 per person Broken Bridge- Bai Causeway- Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn- Su Causeway- Three Pools Mirroring the Moon- Orioles Singing in the Willows- Lakeside Music Fountain- back to the wharf
Dragon Boats No. 5 Lakeside Park Wharf  CNY 90 per person (including fruit, musical instrument performance; Dragon Well Tea or drinks) Bai Causeway- Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn- Su Causeway- Three Pools Mirroring the Moon- Orioles Singing in the Willows- Lakeside Music Fountain- back to the wharf
Coffee Boats No. 6 Lakeside Park Wharf  
Self-drive Boats  Broken Bridge Wharf  CNY 40 per hour for four-seat boats;
CNY 50 per hour for six-seat boats
On your own
Rowing Boats  No. 1 Lakeside Park Wharf;
No. 5 Lakeside Park Wharf;
Broken Bridge Wharf
CNY 150 per hour (with a largest capacity of six passengers) Around the lake
 
 Tips:
1. Children who stand 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) to 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) in height pay half price; children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) in height ride free.
2. The evening cruise boats are for hire from 18:30 to 21:30 during May to August, and from 18:30 to 21:00 during September to November.
3. The boats don't run when it is foggy or rainy.

Wharves along West Lake

Wharves Boats Location
No. 1 Lakeside Park Wharf Leisure boats Crossing of Jiefang Road and Nanshan Road
No. 2 Lakeside Park Wharf Painted boats Crossing of Hubin Road and Renhe Road
No. 5 Lakeside Park Wharf Painted boats Crossing of Hubin Road and Changsheng Road
No. 6 Lakeside Park Wharf Self-rowing boats Crossing of Hubin Road and Jiaochang Road
Children's Palace Wharf Leisure boats; painted boats In front of the Children's Palace
Broken Bridge Wharf Self-drive boats  At the Broken Bridge on the Bai Causeway
Zhongshan Park Wharf Leisure boats  At the south foot of the Solitary Hill
Temple of General Yue Fei Wharf Leisure boats to the Yang Causeway In front of the Temple of General Yue Fei
Hangzhou Restaurant Wharf Leisure Boats At the Crossing Rainbow Bridge on the Su Causeway
Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park Wharf Large yachts; leisure Boats  At the east gate of the Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park
Qianwang Temple Wharf Leisure boats  In front of the Qianwang Temple
Foreign Affairs Wharf  Large yachts  Beside the east gate of the Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park
 

Questions & Answers on West Lake Cruise
Asked by LOVETRAVELSG | Nov. 05, 2018 20:24Reply
West Lake Boat Rides in December
So from what I have read, is it correct that boat rides are available in the Day but not in the Evening during the month of December? We are travelling to West Lake in the December and is targeting boat rides. Noted that so long it is foggy or rainy, boat rides will not run.
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Answered by James from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2018 17:39
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Yes, the open time in winter is 8:00-16:00 and it will not open if the weather is not good.
Answered by LOVETRAVELSG | Nov. 10, 2018 19:17
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Thanks James!
Asked by Andy from SINGAPORE | Oct. 19, 2018 00:29Reply
Can I take the Hangzhou leisure boat and get off at a place of my interest?
or I can only sit on the boat for the whole trip? Thanks
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Answered by Amy from CANADA | Oct. 21, 2018 19:45
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Hi, there are several berths along the trip and you can choose one of them but you cannot get off at a place of your interest.
Asked by Howie from SINGAPORE | Oct. 19, 2018 00:04Reply
Route for Leisure Boats from Temple of General Yue Fei Wharf
I would like to ask for the route of the daytime cruise if we board the boat from Temple of General Yue Fei Wharf.

And if it is possible, can I also have the route of the daytime cruise from Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park Wharf?
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Answered by Jennifer from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 22, 2018 17:51
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Hi, as I know, the boat from Temple of General Yue Fei Wharf don't served individuals but only be rented by a whole boat. You can take the leisure boats from Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park Wharf, and the route is Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park Wharf - Leifeng Pagoda - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon - Broken Bridge - Causeway - Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn - Su Causeway - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon - Back to the wharf.
Asked by Lisa from INDONESIA | Sep. 09, 2018 02:02Reply
Can you help me with time table for evening cruise of West Lake?
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Answered by Manny from SINGAPORE | Sep. 09, 2018 19:30
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It’s available from 18:00 to 21:30.
Asked by Thidarat from THAILAND | Apr. 01, 2018 04:36Reply
Route for leisure boats from Children’s Palace Wharf in Hangzhou Westlake
I would like to ask for the route of the daytime cruise if we board the boat from Children’s Palace Wharf.
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Answered by Camden from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 04, 2018 01:06
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The operating hours of leisure boats are 08:00 to 16:00.
The route is Broken Bridge - Causeway - Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn - Su Causeway - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon - Orioles Singing in the Willows - Lakeside Music Fountain - Back to the wharf.
Generally speaking, the whole cruise trip takes around 50 minutes.
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