Image copyrights belong to authors
Why Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) is special ?
Solitary Hill, situated at the northwestern corner of West Lake, is 38 meters (about 125 feet) above sea-level, and covers an area of 300 mu (nearly 50 acres). It is the lowest summit, compared to other hills around West Lake, but it is also the biggest island in the lake, and the only natural island as well.
Solitary Hill (Gū Shān, 孤山), or Solitary Island, the largest island on the lake and a lovely place to wander and explore, Solitary Hill affords visitors fine lake views and a number of significant attractions. For anyone interested in Chinese history, symbolism or legend, the island is crowded with fascinating monuments and sites. For those simply after a pleasant day outdoors amidst beautiful scenery, Solitary Hill fits the bill nicely.
What to explore at Gu Shan (Solitary Hill)?
Solitary Hill boasts of beautiful landscapes. It is bordered by Bai Causeway on the east, Xi Ling Bridge on the west, the Outer West Lake on the south, and the Inner West Lake on the north. Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake, one of the ten scenes of the West Lake; is formed on the boundary of Solitary Hill and Bai Causeway. Solitary Hill is an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of West Lake.
In addition, there are a lot of cultural relics in the scenic area. At the south foot lies Zhejiang Museum, Wen Lan Pavilion (attracting many literati), and Zhongshan Park in the middle of the hill. The park was rebuilt on the site of an imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty, and was opened in 1927 to commemorate Sun Yat-sen, the great leader of the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. At the west foot is Fang He Pavilion, which is related to Lin Bu and his story 'Plum wife and crane son', and the Tomb of Qiu Jin, a great female revolutionist at the end of the Qing Dynasty. On the top of the hill, there is Xi Ling Seal Society, dedicated to the study of seals. This area also includes Cypress Hall, Bamboo Pavilion and Si Zhao Pavilion.
The best time to visit Solitary Hill is in winter or in early spring, for at this time, you can enjoy the plum blossom as well as the usual sights.
How to get to Gu Shan (Solitary Hill)?
Take bus no. Y10 to get off at Xileng Bridge Station or Zhejiang Provincial Museum Station.
- “Quiet area and quite nice”
- “A nice place to wander around"
- “A holyland of culture and art in Hangzhou”
- “Great View from the Top”
- “Another Scenic spot”
Gushan Road, Hangzhou 310007, China
Tips for you
This is not an attraction it is just a bridge with a good view across part of West Lake. The walk there and back is relaxing just keep to one side or risk being run over by cyclist. If visiting in summer (I visited during a heatwave) take plenty of water. There are plenty of toilets nearby.
Most of the tourists walk along the main road along the southern part of the island where there a number of restaurants and the Zhejiang museum. The best walk is along the upper walking track that runsthrough the middel of the island to the north of the road. The track was uncrowded, scenic and relaxing.
nothing to do here but to revital my spirit and relax my mind.. i dare to say this is an awesome place to just have a walk or cycling. try not to visit during public holiday coz the place will become terrible crowded with thousand head and mumbing sound.. visit during non-peak season, you will sure to have an unforgettable memory. just like me, smile and relax my mind, revital my spirit and my mind..while walking to no where with no destination and say hi to the cycling touries as well, you will feel that this is a heaven. what you need to do is just enjoy he enviroment and the smell of fresh air and blossom flowers.