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Broken Bridge

Visit this serene spot to photograph the reflection of Hangzhou’s most famous bridge and walk to an island with museums, nature trails and restaurants. 

Broken Bridge is one of Hangzhou's premier attractions. The bridge is picturesque and provides spectacular views of the West Lake. The area is also steeped in legend, which helps attract the crowds of admirers that can be found here any day of the week.

Some say Broken Bridge should be called the “Broken Hearted Bridge.” An ancient tale tells of a white snake living in the lake. It transformed into a young woman who fell in love with a handsome man she met on the bridge. They lived happily together for many years but a Buddhist monk turned the woman back into a snake and she disappeared near the bridge where they first met.

Broken Bridge is frequented by lovers and newlyweds who come to have their photo taken. If you want to avoid the crowds, arrive early in the morning or later at night when the bridge is softly lit by lamps. 

Take photos of the bridge from the shoreline before setting across. When the weather is clear, the bridge is reflected in the waters of the West Lake with the trees either side of it. At the end of winter, snow on the sunny side of the bridge melts first, while snow on the shady side lingers. In its reflection in the water, the bridge appears to be broken. 

Cross the bridge from the mainland, taking in the views of the serene waters of West Lake. On the other side, arrive at the largest island on the lake. Wander around parks and nature trails and visit some of the small museums based here. Eat at one of the restaurants serving Hangzhou-style cuisine.

Broken Bridge is situated at the eastern end of the Bai Causeway. The bridge is accessible any time of the day and night, but opening times for the amenities on the island vary. The closest Metro station to West Lake is Longxiang Qiao, a short walk from the bridge. 


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Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou $160
Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou

Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou

6 Changshou Road, Kerry Central, Hangzhou
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 39 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Hangzhou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Former Residence of Sha Menghai and West Lake. Broken Bridge and Wushan Night Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hangzhou Hua Chen International $57
    Hangzhou Hua Chen International

    Hangzhou Hua Chen International

    No 25 Pinghai Road, Hangzhou
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 426 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wushan Night Market and West Lake. Zhejiang University First Affiliated Hospital and Si Cheng Church are also within 15 minutes.

      JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou $128
      JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou

      JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou

      28 Hushu South Road, Hangzhou
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 86 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Gongshu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hangzhou Opera, Wulin Square, and Westlake Culture Plaza. Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and West Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou $120
        Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou

        Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou

        78 Beishan Road, Hangzhou
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 137 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Xiling Seal Engraves Society and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from West Lake. Solitary Hill and Quyuan Park are also within 10 minutes.

          Park Hyatt Hangzhou $145
          Park Hyatt Hangzhou

          Park Hyatt Hangzhou

          No. 1366 Qianjiang Road, Hangzhou
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 12 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Hangzhou, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Hangzhou Opera and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from West Lake. Wulin Square and Westlake Culture Plaza are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou $131
            Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou

            Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou

            No 555 Fengqi Road, Hangzhou
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 170 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Former Residence of Sha Menghai and West Lake. Broken Bridge and Baochu Pagoda are also within 15 minutes.

              Lakeside Hotel Hangzhou
              Lakeside Hotel Hangzhou

              Lakeside Hotel Hangzhou

              3 Baochu Road Xihu District, Hangzhou
                 
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                Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Wulin $96
                Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Wulin

                Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Wulin

                28 Hushu South Road, Hangzhou
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 308 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Gongshu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hangzhou Opera, Wulin Square, and Westlake Culture Plaza. Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and West Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km).