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 http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1334