A trip to West Lake, Hangzhou Xi Hu, Zhejiang China

West Lake (Chinese: 西湖, Xī Hú) is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake.

West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout China’s history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature”.

I travelled there in spring last year and was able to take some photos at a small island on the lake itself.

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Location: West Lake, Hangzhou Xi Hu, Zhejiang China
Camera: FujiFilm X100s
www.seanlowcay.com

 

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