Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard @ West Lake, Hangzhou, China

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Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard is one of my favorite spots on the West Lake.  In Chinese it is known as Qu Yuan Fen He (曲院风荷), or Quyuan Park.  We visited in May when the lotus flowers weren’t blooming as the season is in July / August.  It was also because of this reason, this spot didn’t have swarms of people trying to squeeze past each other.  Only scattered locals enjoying their time leisurely, not doing much and just sitting around.      

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It would have been gorgeous to see all the lotus flowers bloom at their fullest in July/August but I also appreciate a moment of tranquility among the greens and crisscrossing bridges.

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Some parts of the park are very quiet with no one at all.  This part of the park reminds of Monet’s paintings.

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With the clear reflections of the lotus leaves in the water, it’s as if the leaves have purposely placed themselves elegantly to see their own reflection.  .

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The park takes up 4 acres of land  with hundreds of species of lotus flowers with multiple points of entry.   If you are visiting the Yue Fei Mausoleum, Quyuan Park is right across from the mausoleum.  This stone wall with “Qu Yuan Fen He” written on it is the main entrance.

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On a different day, we passed Quyuan Park from another entrance along the Su Causeway (苏堤).  You can stroll through Su Causeway only if you have time and love walking because the Su Causeway is almost 3km! For a shortcut, you can take the trams within the West Lake Park at RMB10 per person per destination.

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At this section of the park, don’t be surprised to see statues depicting brewery scenes as some 1000 years ago, the Quyuan Park once had a brewery.  Now you can imagine, in the summer breeze, the scent of blooming lotus flowers combined with the aroma of the brew, making this tantalizing spot among the Top Ten Scenic Views of  West Lake.

Enjoy more photos below 🙂

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