Hangzhou’s West Lake is a little piece of heaven on earth, say the Chinese. Famous painters, poets and writers came here for inspiration and fell so in love with the gardens, pagodas and islands of the lake that they never left. Thanks in part to the travellers who later discovered the region, even more lakes and temples were added throughout the past century.
Today’s West Lake is a cultural landscape. It has been transformed since the 9th century: temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and even complete islands have been constructed. To suggest a perfect harmony between nature and culture, some of the most attractive locations bear poetic names. Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake and Remnant Snow on the Bridge in Winter sound so dreamy and romantic. These fascinating places are best visited by bicycle or boat.
“Chinese proverb: “Above there is heaven, here on earth we have Suzhou and Hangzhou””