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What a beautiful lake!
Yes. West Lake has been a scenic spot for hundreds of years. This scene is called ‘Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake’. We can have a fine view of the moon from this platform in the evening.
You see, the green hills and clear water really provide magnificent scenery.
That’s why people called West Lake a dazzlingly brilliant pearl.
Would you recommend some more scenic spots to see around the West Lake?
Yes. There are ten most well-known scenic spots. They are known as ‘the Top Ten Views’.
Sounds interesting. What are they?
They are Snow Remnants on the Broken Bridge, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Twin Peaks Piercing to the Clouds, Lotus Breeze in the Winery Courtyard, Su Causeway in Spring Dawn, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, Evening Bell Chime from the Southern Screen Hill, Lei Feng Pagoda against the Setting Sun, Listening to the Orioles Singing in the Windows, and Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake.
All the names are so poetic. But our time is so limited.
Don’t worry. We will have time to see most of them. Look, here we are at Three Pools Mirroring the Moon.
It’s so beautiful here.
The famous West Lake is like a brilliant pearl embedded in the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of the Hangzhou Bay. The lake covers an area of 5.6 square kilometers. The view of the West Lake is simply enchanting, which offers many attractions for tourists at home and abroad.
Tiger-running Spring 虎跑泉
The legend goes that two tights ran there and made a hole where a spring gushed out. The Longjing Tea and the Tiger-running Spring water are always reputed as the "Two Wonders of the West Lake".
The Lingyin Monastery 灵隐寺
The Lingyin Monastery, or the Monastery of Soul’s Retreat, is a famous historical site of the West Lake. Here exists the Lingyin Monastery, a famous ancient temple in China, in front of which there are Feilai Peak, Cold Spring, Longhong Cave and precious rock cave arts and queer and varied natural caves and gullies.
Spring Dawn at Su Causeway 苏堤春晓
It’s a 2.8 km. long boulevard cutting across the south-north scenic area, and lined with trees and flowering plants. When Spring comes with crimson peach blossoms and green willows; the scenery is all the more charming. Strolling along the boulevard, one feels as if the West Lake were wakening in dawn mist. Young willows were ethereal, spring breeze so caressing, and birds were chirping in unison.
The Moon Reflected in Three Pools 三潭印月
"There are islands in the lake and three are lake on the islands." The three stone towers were first built in Yuanyou 4th year (1089) of the Song Dynasty, with the wonderful scenery of "one moon in the sky having three reflection in the lake", it is one of the wonderful scenes of the West Lake.
人间天堂——杭州 A Fairyland --- Hangzhou
Hangzhou is one of the most famous tourist cities in China, not only famous for its natural beauty, but also famous for its history. There are so many tourist attraction in this city like the West Lake, the Temple of General Yuefei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and Lingyin Temple. You can’t go to Hangzhou without visiting these places.
Hangzhou is also famous for its silk and tea products. You can go to the Hangzhou Silk City to buy silk articles. And you can also go to the National Tea Museum to have some Chinese tea.
The best season to visit Hangzhou is spring, because it’s warm and sunny during that time. The trees are coming out and the flowers are blooming. Every spring, many people go to Hangzhou to go boating on West Lake. How I wish to visit that beautiful city.
杭州之旅 A Visit to Hangzhou
It was my first visit to Hangzhou. In one and a half days, I hurried through more than ten scenic spots. The West Lake in spring is gracefully pleasant, its beauty unparallelled. Walking along the lake, I saw willows bowing in shiness. The water is so blue. The pavilions throw their shadows in the water. What is most impressive is the blooming peach flowers vying with each other in showing their beauty. The tea bushes, the screens and quiet bamboos are left in my memory.
When I walked for half an hour in the sun and suddenly saw a stretch of bamboos I could not help crying out, "I'll go and sit in there." After three hours' walk a murmuring stream came into my view. The water was clear and I could see through it to the bottom. The oval stones under the water were visible and even countable. I put my aching feet into the stream. Oh, the water was running across my feet. It was cool but not cold. I could not but admit that it was a most pleasant and comfortable moment.
Life is just like a journey. What is more, you have to hurry on the way, braving the scorching sun and burdened with luggage, while crossing over the mountains and slopes. Then you feel rewarded by a short rest. If only I could walk less and rest more!