Misty hills shrouded the rain;
West Lake shall be compared to Lady Xizi,
No matter she is dressed gaily or plain.”
These words are from Su Dongpo (960 – 1127), a famous poet during Song Dynasty. He compared the West Lake to Xizi, a beauty in ancient China and these poetic sentiments leave one in no doubt of the glory of the scenery that inspired them.
Initially a sea inlet, this famous West Lake came into being all because of the laying down of silt. However, the surrounding hilly peaks and crystal water made this water wonderland a nice retreat. And it’s only 5 km from Xixi National Wetland, another popular attraction in Hangzhou.
There are a number of sites well worth a visit. Such as the “Little Oceans” which embraces four small lakes. Also it’s a perfect place to view the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon when at night candles are lit in stone lanterns jutting out of the night of the water thus creating the scene of reflection of three moons. And the scene is terrific on the night of the Autumn Moon Festival.
“Solitary Hill Island” is a ideal spot to have a overview of the vista. “Two Peaks Embracing the Sky” is another impressive sight when paddling across the lake.
Near the lake is Ling Yin Temple in its woodland and Fei Lai Feng which exactly as its name stated – the peak flown from an unknown place. Further inside, you will find “Mausoleum of General Yue Fei” (a monument to a patriot who was murdered), the “Six Harmonies Pagoda” and National Silk Museum, ect.
When you tired with your daily life, Hangzhou West Lake can be a cool rescue.