How to See the 10 Scenes of West Lake in Hangzhou
First appearing in a 13th-century book by ancient Chinese writer Zhu Mu, the Ten Scenes of West Lake are arguably the most popular attractions in the entire city of Hangzhou. Each of these scenic spots is marked with a 4-character epithet, written in Chinese calligraphy. Here’s what you need to know about these destinations. Spring Dawn at Su Causeway Best visited in spring when peach blossoms are at their peak, this 1.7-mile (2.8-kilometer) shaded causeway is a popular spot for biking and walking. Lotus Pool and Curved Yard This spot on the site of a former winery is best known for cool breezes coming off the lake and the scent of lotus flowers, which bloom in abundance between June and August. The Curved Yard is now a public park. ** Autumn Moon Over Calm Lake** Visitors come to this garden on evenings when the moon is full to see its reflection on the water from pavilions, platforms, and a teahouse. ** Melting Snow on Broken Bridge** This romantic place gets its name from the snow that melts on the north side of the bridge first, as the south side sits in shade. The bridge isn’t really broken, but when viewed from a distance, the snowy side blends in with the surroundings, making it look like half the bridge is missing. ** Orioles Singing in the Willows** Situated on the southeast shores of West Lake, this imperial garden is dotted with willow trees where you can hear orioles singing in the summer months. Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond Another popular spot in summer when the lotuses are in full bloom, this area at the southern end of Su Causeway features a goldfish pond, as well as a peony garden that blooms in April. Sunset Glow at Leifeng Pagoda The postcard photograph of the sun setting over West Lake almost always features a silhouette of the Leifeng Pagoda in the background. Visit the 5-story structure by day, or view it at sunset from Changqiao or Xueshi Parks. Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds When you stand at the south side of the lake and look across, you might notice two mountain peaks a few miles to the north. On misty mornings or days with low-lying clouds, these peaks often pierce through the mist. Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill Right around the time the sun begins to set over West Lake, the giant bell at Jingxi Temple is rung, and its sound reverberates across the lake. Three Pools Mirroring the Moon This area is characterized by three hollow stone pagodas rising from the waters of the lake. The scene might just be the most popular in Hangzhou, as it appears on the 1-RMB bank note.