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West Lake of Hangzhou

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Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: China
Best of: Lake
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.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "West Lake of Hangzhou", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.