West Lake, Hangzhou, China Tourist Attractions and Travel

West Lake is a famous fresh water lake located in central Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of eastern China. the West Lake is a world famous tourist spot. Embraced by green hills on three sides, The lake covers an area of 5.6 square kilometers and has a perimeter of 15 kilometers.


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The West Lake was a lagoon converted from a small bay .Because it is located in the west of Hangzhou,it is called the West Lake . West Lake Travel there are hills around the lake on three sides ,and the city proper lies just by the lake on one side .Oceania


The whole lake is divided into 5 sections, namely the Outer Lake, North Inner Lake, Yue Lake and Little South Lake, by Gu Hill, Sudi Causeway, Baiti Causeway and Ruangong Mound.


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The name of West Lake was fixed as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Before the Tang Dynasty, the lake had various names such as Wulin Water, Mingsheng Lake, Jinzhong Lake, Longchuan, Qianyuan, Qiantang Lake, and Shang Lake, etc. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Chinese renowned poet Su Dongpo wrote a poem to praise the West Lake and compared it to Xizi, a Chinese legendary beauty. Since then, the West Lake has another elegant name Xizi Lake.


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The beauty of the West Lake lies in its lingering charm that survives the change of seasons in a year and of hours in a day. Among its beautiful sights, the most famous sites are the Ten Sights in West Lake and the Ten New Sights in West Lake, which are known as the Double-Ten Sights in West Lake. The Ten Sights in West Lake are Melting Snow at Broken Bridge, Spring Dawn at Sudi Causeway, Sunset Glow over Leifeng Hill, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, Autumn Moon on Calm Lake, Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willows, West Lake Attractions Viewing Fish at Flowers Harbor, Evening Bell at Nanping Hill, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, and Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds. The Ten New Sights in West Lake are Dream Spring of Hupao, Tea-tasting at Dragon Well, Gem Bathed in Flowing Rosy Clouds, Heaven Wind over Wushan Mountain, Scud over Yuhuang, Yellow Dragon Spitting Greenness, Rains of Sweet-scented Osmanthus Over Hills, Trees in Mist by the Nine Rivulets, Ruan Mound in Green, Cloud Dwelling and Bamboo Path.

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Tiger-running Spring


The legend goes that two tights ran there and made a hole where a spring gushed out. The Longjing Tea and the Tiger-running Spring water are always reputed as the "Two Wonders of the West Lake".


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The Lingyin Monastery


The Lingyin Monastery, or the Monastery of Soul's Retreat, is a famous historical site of the West Lake. Here exists the Lingyin Monastery, a famous ancient temple in China, in front of which there are Feilai Peak, Cold Spring, Longhong Cave and precious rock cave arts and queer and varied natural caves and gullies.


Spring Dawn at Su Causeway


It's a 2.8 km. long boulevard cutting across the south-north scenic area, and lined with trees and flowering plants. When Spring comes with crimson peach blossoms and green willows; the scenery is all the more charming. Strolling along the boulevard, one feels as if the West Lake were wakening in dawn mist. Young willows were ethereal, spring breeze so caressing, and birds were chirping in unison.


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The Moon Reflected in Three Pools


"There are islands in the lake and three are lake on the islands." The three stone towers were first built in Yuanyou 4th year (1089) of the Song Dynasty, with the wonderful scenery of "one moon in the sky having three reflection in the lake", it is one of the wonderful scenes of the West Lake.


The West Lake is also famous for its historical flavor with numerous celebrities. West Lake Travel National heroes Yue Fei, Yu Qian, Zhang Ruoshui and Qiu Jin were all buried along the West Lake, leaving their illustrious names and noble spirits in the green hills and blue waters. Moreover, many ancient poets and artists, such as Bai Juyi, Su Dongpo, Liu Yong and Pan Tianshou, had also left countless famous writings.


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Ten Scenes of West Lake


View of the West Lake from a row boatThe Ten Scenes of West Lake, each marked by a stela with the name written in the calligraphy of the Emperor Qianlong Emperor, are:


Spring Dawn on the Su Causeway
Orioles Singing in the Willows
Viewing Fish at Flower Pond
Winery Yard and Lotus Pool 
Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill
Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake
Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon
Lingering Snow on Broken Bridge)
Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds
The "Jungfrau of West Lake"


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Yue Fei Memorial HallOther attractions include:


Yue-Wang Miao, the tomb and memorial hall to Yue Fei.
Lingyin Temple, a Buddhist monastory and surrounding hills and gardens.
Longjing tea farms, a rea renowned for the quality of its tea leaves.
Galloping Tiger Spring, a spring famous for its water.
Tomb of Su Xiao Xiao, a famous courtesan.
Tomb of Wu Song, famous for slaying a tiger; destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, and rebuilt in 2004


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Ten New Views of the West Lake


Precious stone hill floating in rosy clouds
Yellow Dragon cave dressed in green
Sweet osmanthus rain at Mannjuelong
Dream of the tiger spring
Nine creeks in misty forest
Enjoying tea at dragon well
Bamboo-lined path at Yunqi
Flying clouds over jade Emperor hill
Sky wind over Wu Hill
Ruan Gong islet submerged in greenery

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