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East Lake

east-lake East Lake, located on south bank of the Yangtze River and the east of Wuchang, is the biggest city lake within China and one of the major tourist attractions in Wuhan. In 1982, this scenic area was listed as a state-class major scenery researching zone.

east-lake01The whole scenic area of East Lake spreads over 88.2 square kilometers, including a water area of 33 square kilometers, which is 5 times that of the area of the West Lake in Hangzhou. The lake, with over 120 bends in the branch streams and 111.5 kilometers in shoreline, was famed as "a lake with 99 bays". The surface of the lake looks vast, clean and bright. The scenery around the lake is lovely, including flowers and willow trees as well as pavilions and terraces. There are four major characters in this scenic area: beautiful mountains and waters, abundant plants, the strong conditions and customs of Chu, and a unique garden.

The lake covers 33 square kilometers and stretches far into the distance. Ancient pagodas and temples scattered in 34 verdant hills around the lake make the scenic spot more historic and imposing. All the six areas of the East Lake have in common green hills, clear waters, an abundance of woods, and the typical style of Chu Culture. Perhaps you'll enjoy yourself most in two of them----Tingtao Pavilion and Moshan Hill.

Willows dance gracefully and water lily sleeps deeply around Tingtao Pavilion, a three-storey palace building, in front of which the grand and lifelike statue of Qu Yuan is looking up at the sky and sighing sadly at the subjugation of Chu.

East Lake Park is divided into six scenic areas, namely Tingtao (wave-hearing), Moshan (millstone-shaped Hill), Luoyan (Diving Wild Goose), Baima (White Horse), Chuidi (Playing the Flute), and Luohong Hills adding additional beauty to the lake. Of which, Tingtao Pavilion and Moshan Hill are most famous.