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West Lake


West Lake, Hangzhou
West Lake
West Lake, Hangzhou China
West Lake, Hangzhou province
West Lake, China Hangzhou

West Lake - Hangzhou's fame rests mainly with the picturesque West Lake. West Lake covers an area of 6.78 square kilometers. Three sides of the lake are surrouned by verdant mountains and one side of it properous city. Centuries later, Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most enchanting city in all the world. This is most evident in the West Lake area--the effective, if not geographic, center of Hangzhou. Hills embrace the lake on three sides; the city proper lies to the east. Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake area as a land of intoxicating beauty. Su Shi, a poet from the Song Dynasty, likened the lake to Xizi, a Chinese Cleopatra, for its allure.

The charming lake is a pearl that lay by the city. There are two brocade-ribbon-like causeways inside the lake, namely Bai Causeway and Su causeway, and they divide the lake into five parts. Three man-make islands named Three Pools Mirroring the moon, Mid-lake Pavilion and Mr. Ruan TYuan's Mount stand elegantly in the outer lake.

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