Saturday, July 20, 2013

World Heritage Sites in China (2) - West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

West Lake is located in the historic area of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. The West Lake Cultural Landscape, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. On June 24 2011, at the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Paris, the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
 

From this set of postcards, you shall see the landscape from different aspects, also in different seasons. Traditionally, there are ten best-known scenic spots, which are known as "Ten Scenes of the West Lake ", each remembered by a four-character epithet in Chinese. Fortunately, three of them are shown on these postcards. Maybe you can find them? Thanks for visiting!
 

1. Remnant Snow on the Bridge in Winter – 断桥残雪
2. Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset – 雷峰夕照
3. Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon – 三潭印月



References:
West Lake (Wiki)