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Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

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Address: Within Santanyinyue Islet, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007, China
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Great for photography!

This island is only reached via one of the various boat operators on Westlake. We took the larger, more ornamental barge boats from the city side costing about 70rmb each person... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2016
Paul S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This island is only reached via one of the various boat operators on Westlake. We took the larger, more ornamental barge boats from the city side costing about 70rmb each person, there are cheaper options however. The trip to the island from the city takes about 15mins. Once on the island you'll need to weave in and out of the... More 

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Thank Paul S
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This small island with its small lakes is a really beautiful location, great for photography. The problem is, the place is absolutely overrun by tourists, so it takes a bit of mental effort to ignore them and just enjoy the beautiful views.

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Thank teturtia
Paradise Point, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

nice gardens and walking paths BUT West Lake is a very popular tourist city so be prepared to share your day with thousands of others - even in winter.

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Thank C P
Ipoh, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The time i went was during rainy season, so i couldn't prove this as told by the tour guide. The phenomenon is caused by the reflection of the light that penetrate through the 5 artefacts with 6 holes in the middle of the pool that then reflects the image of the moon on the water. Sounds romantic but i am... More 

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Thank seowchewsang
Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The attraction is nice but spoiled by over crowded and smoker. Every where on the small island are full of people.

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Thank greentea87
Zhengzhou, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Buy a boat ticket, seat and relax on the boat until you get to this small island in the middle of the lake. Until there, it is awesome. It can go on if there is no crowd. If there is, it will be a real mess. Impossible to move and a long line to go back.

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Thank Alexandre R
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon refers to the 3 stone pagodas situated on the south of Xiaoyingzhou island, and is one of the "10 (ancient) scenes of West Lake". It is depicted on the back of your 1 yuan bill. (During my visit I saw many tourists taking pictures of themselves holding a 1 yuan bill.) Xiaoyingzhou island, the largest... More 

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Thank autumncs
Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

It took us around an hour and a half to walk around the island and take in all the sights. We especially loved seeing the image on the back of the 1 yuan note. During our visit, it wasn't too crowded and it felt very peaceful.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

It was fairly crowded when we visited, even at the end of the day. Foot traffic flowed pretty well throughout the island, by the pools, and the pagodas. It seems to be a fairly magical place, just a sense, even with the people and snack stands (including a stand that sold loud whistles for the enjoyment of children). Arrival of... More 

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Thank Amy R
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

This is located in the lake a distance away from the shore. To see it at close distance, you would need to take a small boat cruise of more than one hour costing 300 yuan per boat. The good news is that u can have up to 5-6 passengers on the boat. This is actually a water level measuring device... More 

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