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Six Harmonies Pagoda

Located on the Yuelun Hill beside Qiantang River, Six Harnonies Pagoda was built by King of Wuyu to ward off Qiantang bore. As high as 59.89 meters, this grand pagoda has 7 sides and 8 stories. The beauty of Qiantang River is in a full view. Now near Six Harnonies Pagoda, a Garden of Chinese Ancient Pagodas with more than 100 pagodas and towers in various dynasties has been constructed to display Chinese pagoda culture.

Six Harmonies Pagoda
Viewing Fish in Flowery Pond

Viewing Fish in Flowery Pond

Viewing Fish in the Flowery Pond is on a small peninsula between Xilihu and Xiaonanhu on the west side of southern section of Su Causeway. It is a large scale park occupying a total area of more than 20 hectares and is divided into the five scenery zones of Red Fish Pond, Peony Garden, Flowery Pond, Grand Meadow and Dense Forest. The Red Fish Pond in the center (slightly in the south) is the focal area for sightseeing. On its west side is the Poeny Garden built with peculiar craftsmanship with uplifted lands. The highest land is where the Peony Pavilion is standing. Hundreds of peonies, divided into more than ten sections, are growing around this pavilion. After of before Guyu (the time period when spring rain will fall to accelerate the growth of rice), peonies will burst into full bloom and boast their shiny splendor. On its north, the Grand Meadow comes into your full view and the shinning ripples and the reflected mountains in Xilihu will stir your wild imagination.

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

This islet, also called Lesser Yingzhou, together with Mid-Lake Pavilion and Ruan Gong Islet, is referred as Three Islets in Lake. The three islets including the water areas in between occupy a total area of 7 hectares. Three small gourd-shaped stone pagodas (three pools) were constructed in Outer Lake. In early Qing Dynasty, more construction was made on this islet: winding bridges and halls. Hibiscus were planted along the inner side. Peng Yulin, a retired general during Guangxu's rule in Qing Dynasty, built his private mansion. Thereafter, Lesser Yingzhou first took its shape and splendor. The three beautiful gourd-shaped stone pagodas are standing to each other on its southern side. When the Mid-Autumn comes, the sky and the bright moon in it are both reflected in the water; the lighting candles inside the pagodas will compete with the moon for splendor. The moon viewers and lake tourists will paddle here and stir moon light over the lake into rippling. At that moment, the moons in the sky, in the water, through the pagodas, and in people¡¯s hearts will melt into swinging thoughts and wishes. They are lost in the moon and forget to go back home.

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon
Yue Fei's Temple

Yue Fei's Temple

Located on the northwest side of Yuehu Lake, Yue Fei's Temple was first built in 1221 to commemorate Yue Fei, the national hero in Southern Song Dynasty. It includes King Yue's Temple, Loyalty Temple and Yue Fei's Mausoleum inside. The stature of Yue Fei is inside King Yue's Temple, and right above the statue hangs a plaque inscribed in Yue's calligraphy "Recover Our Lost Territories".

Peak Flying from Afar in Lingyin

The front hall of Linglin Temple is called Heavenly Guardian Hall and outside it is Cool Spring. The Grotto Carvings of Peak Flying from Afar is an ancient grotto art treasure, rarely seen in Yangtze South, and it can compete with Dazu Stone Carvings in Sichuan Province. Legends say that 1,600 years ago an Indian monk came to Hangzhou and found the hills and peaks enchanting and thought it would be a perfect retreat of the soul. So he built a temple here and named it Monastery of the Soul's Retreat (Linyin).

Peak Flying from Afar in Lingyin
Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge

Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge

Located at the east end of Bai Causeway, this bridge is the most renown among all bridges of West Lake, big or small, ancient or modern. Hangzhou is in Yangtze South, the snow period is very short, and heavy snow is much rare. Once there is such heavy snow, an extraordinary scene of lake covered with snow will come up.

Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake

Located at the west end of Bai Causeway and on the southern foot of Solitary Hill, this scenic spot is near the Outer Lake. The night with autumn moon over the lake, with its poetic affection has been publicly accepted as a beautiful moment with beautiful scenes since ancient time. The high pavilions are towering the ripples, and standing here, you will command a broadened view. Looking afar in an autumn night from here, you will see the bright moon in the sky that joins the lake in dark green. The autumn breeze is blowing its coolness, and the moon has dissolved into the lake water. Then you will forget the passage of time. The Tower of Lake Joining Sky in Green, at the west of this scenic spot, originally was the relic of Luoyuan, a private villa of Hatong, the rich Jewish businessman and adventurer in late Qing Dynasty. Later, it became the cradle site of Eight Craftsmanship Society, the forerunner of Chinese modern wood engraving movement. Now it is reset for Xiling Calligraphy and PaintingAcademy, thus adding more humanity to attractions around. Take bus Y 1 or 2, get off at the bus stop of Xiling Bridge or Broken Bridge, and walk on or take West Lake travel boat and disembark at Zhongshan Park.

Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Spring Dawn at Su Causeway

Spring Dawn at Su Causeway

Su Causeway, 3 kilometers long, starts from the southern foot of Nanping Hill in the south and ends at the foot of Qixia Hill in the north. It was built by Su Dongpo, the great poet in Northern Song Dynasty and then Hangzhou governor) with silt from dredging up West Lake. People thereafter termed in his name to commemorate his accomplishment in dredging up West Lake.Su Causeway, lying above green water of the lake and connecting Southern Mountain and Northern Mountain, is an attractive walkway lined with many flowers and plants like magnolia, cherry and hibiscus that will blossom all year around. Different times of the year, different moments of the day, and even different weather will deliver a very different image of this causeway. There are six arch bridges on Su Causeway and their names (from the south to the North) are Reflecting Ripples Bridge, Locking Ripples Bridge, HillView Bridge, Suppressing-the-Dyke Bridge, East Lake-Mouth Bridge, and Crossing-the-Rainbow Bridge.

Solitary Hill

Solitary Hill stands alone at the northwest of West Lake, surrounded by water on its four sides. It is not high, but still the best place to view West Lake. It itself is both a scenic spot and integration of culture. Wen Lan Ge, West Lake's Scenery under Heaven, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, and Zhongshan Park areon its southern side; Xiling Seal-engravers¡¯Society on its west top; Qiu Jin¡¯sTomb on its west side; Crane Pavilion on its northeast side. Crane Pavilion was built to commemorate Lin Hejing, a hermit-poet in Song Dynasty. Legends say that they had plum flowers as his wife and the cranes as his sons. It is a place for appreciating plum flowers with many plum trees around the pavilion. Take bus Y1, 2, or 3, get off at the bus stop of Yue Fei's Temple, and walk on. Or take West Lake travel boat and disembark at Zhongshan Park.

Solitary Hill
Leifeng Pagoda

Leifeng Pagoda

Located on the shores of the southeast side of the lake and originally built in the year 977, all that remains of the original pagoda is the crumbling foundation, viewable from outside the glass case that it is housed in (Pagoda Remains Memorial Museum at the bottom floor of the pagoda). With escalators, elevators, and a totally new pagoda places on top of the foundation, there is not much to see within the pagoda itself; it was most recently rebuilt in 2000. However, the view of the city skyline is one of the best from here, and some of the smaller seating areas around the perimeter of the pagoda have a nice breeze and view of the structure. One of the 10 Scenes of the West Lake is "Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow", but this is best viewed from a distance (across the lake) just after sunset.

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