Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

A Superb Guide to West Lake & Xixi Wetland During Holiday

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the same day with the National Day and together, there will be an 8-day-long public holiday. Many citizens have chosen the places to visit in Hangzhou: the West Lake and the Xixi National Wetland Park. So let’s take a look at what fun activities these two attractions are offering in this long holiday.

Xixi Wetland Scenic Area

The Xixi Persimmon Festival will meet with the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival. In Xixi National Wetland Park, besides enjoying the beautiful autumn scenes of the flame red persimmons hanging high on treetops, travelers can also enjoy picking persimmons and taste the sweet fruit.

During the 8-day-long holiday, Xixi Wetland will launch all kinds of activities including Flame Red Persimmon Carnival, Flame Red Persimmon Concert, “Chang’e Ascending to the Moon” Mid-Autumn Night Tour Show, Exhibition of Comics, Culture and Creativity at West Lake and Xixi Wetland, “Double West” Intangible Heritage Exhibition, Xixi Water Margin Storytelling, Yue Opera and Intangible Heritage Exhibition, etc. There should be one that fits you! 

West Lake Scenic Area


Beishan Road will have a large-scale outdoor immersive theme activity named "Dream Seeking on North Road" from Oct. 1 to Oct 8.


The 2020 Guozhuang New Excellent Potted Flowers Exhibition is hosted inside Guozhuang on Yanggongdi Causeway from Sep. 25 to Oct. 10.


The "Hidden Seals in Lakes and Mountains——Exhibition of the Original Hidden Seals of Li Shutong by Xiling Seal Society" will be held in the Hupao Park from Sep. 29 to Oct. 31.


In West Lake Tiandi, there will be a beer festival for trendy and chic beer experts from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7. 


On Oct. 2, there will be a live video streaming of "West Lake Hometown Boat" on the West Lake to describe hometowns.

If you are taking children with you, there are also many family friendly activities inside the scenic areas. 

Explore the West of the Lake”

Put on ethnic minority costumes and go deep into the "Secret Realm of West Lake", and start a special research journey.

The Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

There will be the "Mid-Autumn Garden Party" with many interesting activities like treasure hunting, entertainment performance, lantern riddles guessing,  lantern making, etc.

Hangzhou Botanical Garden

The garden will offer "Heart of the Valley•Garden Story Art Activity" and "Nature Exploration Activity". 

Museums also offer a lot of fun activities. 

West Lake Museum

You can do "treasure hunting" or watch the "West Lake•Meeting Love-West Lake Love Story Exhibition".

Tang Yun Art Museum

You can check "Mr. Tang Yun's WeChat Moments" here.

Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum

You can take part in the audience interactive activity of "The Most Interesting-The Other Side of Zisha" here.

China Tea Museum

There are many kinds of experience activities such as "One Lamp Always On-Zen Words, Ink Traces, Tea Vessels and Stuff Exhibition", and "Colorful Leaves".

Han Meilin Art Museum

In this "Little Art Corner", visitors can design the surfaces of umbrellas and paint umbrellas.

In addition, there are also performances of the Huanglongdong Yue Opera Troupe for the National Day and theme activities of "World Animal Day" in Hangzhou Zoo, not to be missed out.

During the National Day this year, the City God Temple will launch an AR viewing experience, allowing visitors to experience the folklore story of "The pearl of the West Lake falls from the sky, and the dragon and the phoenix fly to Qiantang".

During the holiday, the West Lake and Xixi Wetland will also launch a campaign to collect "thousand of smiling faces". Smiling is the most beautiful facial expression. Humanized care and detail-driven service will add splendor to the West Lake and Xixi Wetland and make tourists feel at home!

It is worth noting that under the covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to stay vigilant and make unremitting efforts in epidemic prevention and control during the holiday. All sites and museums in West Lake Scenic Area and Xixi Wetland Scenic Area will continue to require mandatory appointment and keep 75% of the maximum tourist volume and implement control over free open areas where there are too many tourists. Your understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated. To enter scenic spots, museums, etc, a green code is required. In addition, the parking fees in West Lake Scenic Area and Xixi Wetland Scenic Area will go up to RMB30 yuan per hour. 

A reminder to you from West Lake Scenic Area and Xixi Wetland Scenic Area: 

If possible, please take public transportation to support green travel and plan your itinerary in advance and reasonably, and make reservations online whenever possible. Please do not gather or crowd. Please queue in line and be a civilized tourist. Wish you a happy holiday.