Thursday, August 18, 2011

West Lake - China

West Lake was added to the World Heritage Site List this year and it was described to have "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries," and reflects "an idealized fusion between humans and nature."

Xī Hú (literally "West Lake") is a famous fresh water lake located in the historic center of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. The lake is divided by the causeways of Sū Tí, Bái Tí and Yánggōng Tí. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake.

The West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout the ages for its natural beauty and historical relics, and it has been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers, as evidenced by the impact it had on various Chinese classical gardens. - in: wikipedia

Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, is one of the ten views at the West Lake.
At present Flower Harbor is famed for its half-a-year-long flower scenery. The best time for flower viewing is when spring translates itself smoothly into summer. The garden is full of flowers. The red fish pond is fringed with blossoms and verdant trees while fishes hover and float soundlessly; the peony garden showcases the celestial tints and aromas in supreme elegance; streams bubble their way into the flower harbor, without minding the changing time. The widespread lawn is deeply colored by green grasses, and the dense wood hides away paths stretching into it under its flourishing grace. - in:

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