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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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Three Pools Mirroring the Moon @ West Lake, Hangzhou China

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On the West Lake, there are little islets where you can visit by boat.  The three adjoining islets with refreshing Chinese gardens and the three pagodas on the water form the attraction of “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”.  When candles or lamps are placed within the pagoda, the light emits from the 5 holes on the pagoda.  With 3 pagodas, from afar it looks like 15 little moons shining on the lake.   Continue reading

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Yue Fei Temple @ Hangzhou China

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The Yue Fei Temple (岳王廟)in Hangzhou was originally built during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279) to commemorate the patriotic hero.  Yue Fei fought tirelessly and played a big role in protecting northern China from the invasion by the Jerchen people of Manchuria.  Despite Yue Fei’s true loyalty to the country, Emperor Gaozong took advise from the evil official Qin Hui,  who framed Yue Fei for jail under false accusation, arranged for an assassination, resulting in the death of Yue Fei at a young age of 39.    Continue reading

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