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Hangzhou West Lake

时间:2013/4/16 10:18:37 作者:learnmorechina 来源: 查看:226 评论:0

West Lake (in Chinese is 西湖), which is a famous fresh water lake located in central Hnagzhou City, Zhejiang Province of eastern China.


The lake is divided by three causeways called Su Di (苏堤), Bai Di (白堤), and Yanggong Di (杨公堤).


Actually, the name “West Lake (Xi Hu)” is also used by a large number of lakes in Chinaand surrounding countries (with 800 West Lakes in China according to Lonely Planet). However, the lake in Hangzhou is the most famous of these, and the terms “West Lake” and “Xi Hu” generally refers to this lake.


Do you know why this West Lake so famous, there is some interesting history story about the lake:


Hangzhou West LakeOne of the major attractions inWest Lake: Thre Pools Mirroring the Moon islandln middle of theTang Dynasty Zhenyuan era (785-804), poet Bai Juyi came toHangzhou as governor. Already an accomplished poet, his deeds atHangzhou made him a great governor. He realized that the farmland nearby depended on the water of West Lake, but due to negligence of former governors, the old dyke had collapsed, the water level of West Lake dried out, and the local farmers suffered severe drought. He ordered the construction of a stronger and taller dyke, with a dam to control the flow of water, and the thus solved the drought problem. The livelihood of local people of Hangzhou improved over the following years. Now that Bai Juji and more leisure time to enjoy the beauty of West Lake, he visited West Lake almost every day. He ordered the construction of a causeway connecting the Broken Bridge with the Solitary Hill, to facilitate walking on foot, instead of depending on boat. Then he planted peach trees and willows trees along the dyke, making it a beautiful landmark of West Lake. This causeway was later named Bai Di Causeway in Bai Juyi’s honors.



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