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Hangzhou West Lake


Hangzhou's fame is largely due to the picturesque West Lake. Lying in the west of the city, and surrounded by hills on three sides, the West Lake is 3.2 kilometres from north to south and 2.8 kilometres from east to west with a cirumference of 15 kilometres.

west-lakeIts water surface encompasses 5.8 square kilometres, while the islands on the lake occupy 6.3 square kilometres. Its average depth of water is 1.55 metres. Its storage capacity is between 8.5 million and 8.7 million cubic metres.

The Su and Bai Causeways, both man-made, divide the lake into five separate lakes: the Outer Lake, the North Inner Lake, the West Inner Lake, the Yue Lake, and the Lesser South Lake. There are scenes everywhere in around the West Lake. Apart from the ten scenic spots of Qian-Tang, eighteen attractions of the West Lake, the top ten famed attractions designated during the Southern Song Dynasty ( 1127-1279) are as follow: Spring Dawn at Su Causeway ( the Su Dyke Enveloped in Morning Mist), Autummn Moon Over the Calm Lake, Lotus in the Breeze at the Crooked Courtyard ( a lotus speactacle at Quyuan), Three Pools Reflecting the Moon, Watching Goldfish in a Flowery Pond ( Viewing Fish at Huagang Pond), Orioles Singing in the Willows, Snow Scene on the Broken Bridge ( the Broken Bridge Cocooned under a Snow Mantle), Double Peaks Kissing the Sky, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping, and the Lei Feng Pagoda in the Glow of the Setting Sun.