Thursday, 30 June 2011

1334 CN - West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (2011)

Brief Description

"The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. These additions have been made to improve the landscape west of the city of Hangzhou to the south of the Yangtze river.
The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature."

"自公元9世纪以来,西湖的湖光山色引得无数文人骚客、艺术大师吟咏兴叹、泼墨挥毫。景区内遍布庙宇、亭台、宝塔、园林,其 间点缀着奇花异木、岸堤岛屿,为江南的杭州城增添了无限美景。数百年来,西湖景区对中国其他地区乃至日本和韩国的园林设计都产生了影响,在景观营造的文化 传统中,西湖是对天人合一这一理想境界的最佳阐释。"

Source UNESCO WH website

西湖春色 Spring comes to West Lake
瀛州夏曲 Lesser Yingzhou Isle in summer
平湖秋月 Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake
断桥残雪 Snow melting on Broken Bridge
六合远眺 Distant view of Six Harmonies Pagoda
三潭印月 Three Pools mirroring the Moon
曲院风荷 Lotus in Breeze at Qu Garden
花港观鱼 Viewing Fish at Flower Harbour
云林禅寺(灵隐寺) Lingyin Temple
宝俶流霞 Sunset glow at Baoshu Pagoda

岳庙 Temple of Yue fei

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