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Hangzhou West Lake 101 – Best of West Lake

The West Lake (西湖, Xi Hu) in Hangzhou is an iconic landmark with beautiful gardens, temples and sceneries.  A World Unesco Heritage Site dubbed as “heaven on earth” in a popular Chinese saying.  It has awed many poets for centuries and it is also an exemplary where garden architects seek their inspirations from.   To truly appreciate the beauty of West Lake, you will have to be around it for a full year because the lake has different faces during the four seasons and during different times of the day.  The best of them has been selected to represent the West Lake, collectively known as The Ten Scenes of West lake (西湖十景), including

1.  Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring  (蘇堤春曉)
Su Causeway West Lake
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Leifeng Pagoda @ Hangzhou China

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The original Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰塔) was built by King Qian Chu in 971 during the Five Dynasty and Ten Kingdoms Period, more than one thousand years ago.  The King named the pagoda after his beloved concubine, Huang Fei, and hence the pagoda also has an infrequent name of “Huang Fei Pagoda” (黄妃塔).  The Leifeng pagoda that we see today is not the original one as the original had collapsed in 1924 due to deterioration and due to people taking the bricks home for their own use.   Continue reading

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