Cruise the West Lake for a Year

Although there are many attractions worth viewing around the West Lake, it is the experience of boating on the West Lake, itself, that brings many flocking to the water’s edge. The nearby historical relics and mountains reflect on the rippling waters beneath and, in doing so, resemble a light-colored Chinese ink and wash painting. To appreciate this masterpiece, then why not take a cruise, soaking up the enchanting scenery as you glide along.

About the West Lake Cruise, the pre-sale of the West Lake Centurion Card – Zhejiang Foreign Affairs is now available to buy and costs 300 RMB per person or 270 RMB if you are a student or 60 years old and over.


The purchase of the card is cost-efficient. Firstly, the card not only covers the fees of the card holder, but also a relative (friend) and a child (under 1.2 meters). Please note, the card can only be used once a day. Secondly, the original price for one West Lake Cruise is 35 RMB per person and that means if you have the West Lake Cruise four times with your friend (relative) in a year, that will cost you 280 RMB (4*35*2). So, if you use the centurion card more than four times a year, the money you used to purchase it is well spent and the more you cruise the West Lake, the more cost-efficient the card is.

West Lake Cruise the Entire Year

The card holder can board the West Lake Cruise every day, in 2018, from 08:00 to 16:00 from Huagang Dock (50 meters north of the east entrance of Viewing Fishes at Flower Pond). The card can be used during holidays and weekends but is not applicable for the West Lake night cruise, important festivals such as the National Day holiday, the Spring Festival and force majeure.

Broad View of the Lake and Surrounding Mountains

By using the centurion card, you can enjoy the West Lake Cruise, which starts from Huagang Dock and then sails towards the “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”, where it circles anticlockwise around the outer lake of the West Lake around the “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” ending at the Huagang Dock or the Dock of Kuahong Bridge (跨虹桥). The cruise takes approx. 30 to 40 minutes during which one can view Leifeng Pagoda, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Ruangong Islet, and Mid-Lake Pavilion.

Places to purchase the card:
West Lake Story (西湖礼物) – Hubin Branch
Address: 45 Hubin Road (湖滨路45号)

West Lake Story (西湖礼物) – Beishan Branch
Address: 78 Beishan Road北山街78号