West Lake — Lake of History, Legend and Chinese Culture
West Lake, a World Cultural Heritage, is one of the most famous cultural landscapes in China.
It is around 4,600,000 square meters large and consists of both beautiful natural scenery and cultural stories.
Once upon a time, two fairies found a beautiful, magical jade; wherever the jade shed light on to, this place would be covered by trees and gorgeous flowers.
However, this jade accidentally fell on the earth and turned into the West Lake. These two fairies then followed the jade, and incarnated into two mountains along the lake, guarding it forever since then.
Over 2,000 years ago, the first emperor in the history of China, Qin Shi Huang, had visited the West Lake, when the lake was firstly, officially documented.
Great heroes like General Yue Fei and Minister Yu Qian all buried next to West Lake, and their memorial temples now are famous tourist attractions. Moreover, other emperors like Xuan Ye and Hong Li had visited West Lake and left many fun stories.
Besides those historical stories, many Taoism and Buddhism buildings are scattering around the West Lake, whose melodious bell tone is appealing and peaceful.
Three pagodas in West Lake
Tower under sunset
Lotus and historical building
West Lake under the moonlight
Embankment in Spring
Legendary bridge in Winter
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