Westsee - West Lake

West Lake, Hangzhou 2016

The West Lake is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions in China. It has inspired the imagination of the Chinese to be copied in 36 Chinese cities and a Japanese town.

The West Lake borders directly on the city. It was founded in the 8th century as a bay of the Qiantang River, which is now three kilometers away. The entire region covers 60 km², of which the West Lake occupies 5.6 km².

Over 2,000 years ago, the West Lake was still part of the Qiantang River. Due to the soil sedimentation of the feet of the Wu Mountain and Baoshi Mountain, the surrounding mountains on the northern and southern sides of the lake, gradually formed heads. Later, these sand spies gradually merged into a bank, through which a lagoon appeared in the west. This was the old West Lake of the Qing and Han dynasties.

In the Song Dynasty, ten picturesque places and scenarios were summarized for the first time under the term ’10 Impressions of the West Lake’, whose playful names excellently describe the romanticism of the West Lake.


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