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From journal Hangzhou: a refreshing retreat
August 30, 2004
TEN POINTS OF INTEREST WITHIN OR SHORELINE OF WEST LAKE INCLUDE:
"Three Pools Mirroring the Moon", which can be viewed from the shore, on a boat ride or from Lesser Yingzhou Isle reachable via ferry boat. Three ball-shaped stone pagodas rest just off shore from the isle. When a candle is lit and placed inside the reflection creates pools that seem to mirror moons.
"Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willow" is a pleasant diversion while sitting on one of the park benches along the walkway on the west side of the lake.
"Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard" is a spectacular view from the hike I took by exiting the Yellow Dragon Cave from a completely opposite location from that of where I entered. (I wound up having turn return as I was getting too off the beaten track) A thicket of dark green foliage of blooming lotus was an unexpected treat from high on a hill.
"Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake" off the Bai Causeway at the northwest end of the lake is the local’s place to view a full autumn moon. Pavilions, platforms and a garden as a backdrop, make it a surreal sight.
"Viewing Fish at Flowers Harbor" is a peaceful sight particularly enjoyable for youngsters. For adults, watching the youngsters is just as pleasant as the looking at fish.
The remaining five if you have time:
"Sunset Glow over LieHoil"
"Night Bell at Nanping Hill"
"Twin Peak Piercing the Clouds"
"Melting Snow at Broken Bridge"
TEN NEW POINTS OF INTEREST JUST OUTSIDE WEST LAKE INCLUDE:
"Yellow Dragon Cave"-Luck bringing temples, pagodas, pavilions, terraces along bamboo forests
"Diamond Hill Under the Evening Sunlight"- Purple rocks near the Baoshu pagoda shine like diamonds in the morning.
"Enjoy Tea of the Dragon Well"-Sweet dragon well water make for 4 varieties of world renown teas
"Osmanthus Rain in Manjuelong"-Scented osmanthus evergreens to picnic among
"Flying Clouds over Yuhuang Hill"-Taoist temple high upon a hill
"Nine Creeks in Misty Forest" - Creeks and wooded hills for hiking
"Dream of the Tiger Spring"-Meandering path along a stream w/temples and statues
"Winding Lane through Bamboo Forest at Clouds Lingering" – Beautiful stone pathway through lush surroundings with three beautiful pavillions.
"Sky Wind of the Wuhill"- Incredible scenic view at night, gingko, pines and camphor abound
"Ruangong Dun, the Serene Island"- Constructed from silt and covered with evergreens, bamboo, willows and complete with fishing dock.
All of the sights have minimal entrance fees and are easily accessible by buses. Regardless of the time you have, the mode of transportation, the direction you head, Huangzhou has something to show you.
From journal IDYLLIC HANGZHOU
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
September 6, 2001
West Lake derives its name from its location on the western edge of the central city. The lake is roughly three kilometres in diameter and it is bordered by hills on three sides. It is bisected by the Su Causeway (crossing the lake from north to south) and the Bai Causeway. There are three islets in the lake.
The one hour cruise was on a nice vessel with two indoor cabins and various outside options. We initially took a comfortable indoor seat but later decided it was better outside on the shady side of the ship. The cruise covers about half of the lake and returns to a different point on the lake from where we departed. We were on a tour so the bus had moved while we were on the water.
To be honest, I didn’t think the cruise was particularly interesting. It was pleasant enough out on the water but there were limited things to see. It certainly couldn’t compare to a New York or Amsterdam cruise. The lake is a major attraction but, frankly, I enjoyed it more from the shore than from the water.
From journal Surprise Package