From the map I knew West Lake was going to be big, but still wasn't prepared for how big it actually is. To properly explore the Lake will take a few days - but since we only had a few hours we could only see a small section of it.
The beauty of West Lake is not easy to grasp. On the one hand you can't avoid being awed by its natural beauty - the large expanse of water - the beautiful mountains, the greenery - but there are places with far more natural beauty than this. It is when you start to notice the small details - the subtle insertions that has been placed into the natural landscape, that you start to appreciate its true beauty. This is where the natural and the man made finds a harmonious balance.
Being one of the most popular attractions for domestic tourists, the West Lake is packed with people. Imagine if you come during the Golden Week Holiday in October - it will be standing room only.