Brief of West Lake Cultural Square
Close to everything, far from ordinary.
West Lake Cultural Square(西湖文化广场) resembles a little bay in a sea of high rises. This oasis is the open-air living room of the healthy-conscious Hangzhounese. During the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the 1st lunar month), it comes alive with lanterns of various descriptions.
West Lake Cultural Square is not far from the Wulinmen Wharf, from where you can take boats to cruise down the Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal to Gongchen Bridge, head southward to the Qiantang River or sail to Suzhou and Wuxi.
West Lake Cultural Square is home to Zhejiang Nature Museum (Zhejiang Museum of Natural History), Zhejiang Provincial Museum and Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum. Spare one day to enjoy what West Lake Cultural Square has to offer.
After an enlightening trip to these museums, you can recharge at the restaurants across the street, swim in the Hangzhou Swimming Center(杭州游泳馆)，or carry out a shopping marathon in Hangzhou Tower, the most famous time-honored shopping Mecca in Hangzhou. After that, take a taxi to the West Lake, where natural wonders and cultural marvels blend to create a tapestry irresistibly attractive to visitors.