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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)
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Nine Creeks by Misty Trees @ Hangzhou China

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The Nine Creeks are fairly close to the Longjing Tea Village that we visited.  The Nine Creeks are rated as one of the Ten New Scenes of West Lake  in Hangzhou which has a few names in Chinese – 九溪烟树 (jiu xi yan shu) meaning Nine Creeks by Misty Trees or 九溪十八涧 (jiu xi shi ba jian) meaning Nine Creeks & Eighteen Streams.  We walked about 1 hour from the Longjin Tea Village as transportation wasn’t readily accessible (unless you hire a cab for the day).   Continue reading

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Hupao Spring (Running Tiger Spring) @ Hangzhou, China

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The Hupao Spring in Hangzhou is one of the top three springs in China.  The Hupao Spring, literally meaning Running Tiger Spring, came about because it was thought to be dug out by tigers.  Once upon a time, there was a monk who came to spread the teachings of Buddhism in Hangzhou.  He wanted to settle in for long-term but was unable to find a water source nearby and hence had to look around for another location.  During the night, he dreamed of two tigers, digging the ground with their paws, releasing spring water from underneath.  As he woke up, the two tigers were indeed next to him, digging out water for him.  The word digging in Chinese (刨), has the same pronunciation as “running” (跑), and hence the spring is commonly known as Running Tiger Spring (虎跑泉).  Continue reading

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