West Lake Hangzhou is located in the western area of Hangzhou City's historic center. There are dozens of lakes called West Lake worldwide, but "West Lake" usually refers to the Hangzhou West Lake. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with an area of around 6.5 square kilometers. The circumference is around 15 kilometers. The average depth of West Lake is 2.27 meters, and the capacity is about 14,290,000 cubic meters. The lake is divided by Gu Shan, Bai, Su and Yanggong Causeways into five areas. Ordered by their areas, they are Outer West Lake (外西湖), West Inner Lake (西裡湖, or 後西湖, or 後湖), North Inner Lake (北裡湖 or 裡西湖), Little South Lake (小南湖 or 南湖) and Yue Lake (岳湖). "Outer West Lake" is the largest. "Gu Shan" or Gu Hill is the largest natural island in the lake. Su & Bai Causeways run cross the lake. Three small man-made islands, "Xiao Ying Zhou" (小瀛洲), "Hu Xing Ting" (湖心亭), "Ruan Gong Dun" (阮公墩), lie in the center of Outer West Lake. Thus, the basic layout is "one hill, two causeways, three islands, and five lakes".
West Lake is not only famous for its picturesque landscape, it is also associated with many scholars, national heroes and revolutionary martyrs, thus embracing many aspects of Chinese culture. In addition, many ancient buildings, stone caves and engraved tablets in surrounding areas are among the most cherished national treasures of China, with significant artistic value.
Due to its prominent historical and cultural status among Chinese scenic resorts, West Lake was elected as a National Key Scenic Resort in 1982, one of Ten Scenic Resorts in 1985 and national 5A tourist resort in 2006. Moreover, the picture of "Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon" was printed on the backs of both the foreign exchange certificate one yuan bill issued by the government in 1979 and the fifth version of RMB one yuan bill issued in 2004, indicating the status of West Lake in China.
Along with its cultural importance, West Lake historically was also of value for the local commercial fishermen. According to statistics from 1977, the 560-hectare lake had the annual fish yield of 1300 kg/hectare, quite a bit more than for some larger lakes (e.g., the 1500-hectare East Lake of Wuhan had the yield of only 450 kg/ha).
Sandro & Cristina
Beautiful composition. Fantastic shot.
Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff
Very nice place and architecture.
Questa particolare isoletta nel bel mezzo del West Lake è molto graziosa e particolare. Al suo interno ha altri quattro laghetti dove si specchiano stupendi palazzetti e piante.
This particular island in the middle of West Lake is very pretty and special. Inside this island there are four beautiful lakes where halls and plants are mirrored.
Grazie per la gentile visita, thank you for the kind visit.
Nice reflection,beautiful capture!Sonja
...riflettendo su questo suugestivo riflesso...ti aggiungo ai miei preferiti, Gastone! Ciao, Adele
Beautiful place and photos
Very Nice capture!!!Beautiful place..
Greetings from Taiwan,hung-chu Chen
pretty photo,nice reflection with good mood,greetings nimra
Luogo particolarissimo (per noi) e foto splendida!
Excellent photo...BEST OF...Best wishes...Djordje...
Molto attraenti queste costruzioni,veramente molto belle tutte le foto .ciao Luciano
L'architettura cinese è una delle mie preferite specialmente qui che è immersa in mezzo la natura.
Come sempre un ottimo lavoro Gastone, beato te che hai la possibilità di visitare questi posti meravigliosi.
best wishes, OLYMPIST
Questa foto "profuma" di Cina. Veramente tipica.
Questa piccola isola nel mezzo del West Lake è molto bella e strana: al suo interno ha quattro minuscoli e pittoreschi laghetti.
This small island located in the middle of the West Lake is very beautiful and strange: inside the island there are four tiny and picturesque lakes.
Vi ringrazio per la visita, I thank you for the visit:
Adele grazie per la preferenza
Djordje thank you for the BO
Olympist I am pleased for your BoP, thank you
Nice to share images with you, è piacevole condividere foto con voi.
Wonderful reflections, place and photo.
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Photo taken in Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
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