China, one of the most powerful and famous countries in Asia, is a nation which has many fascinating features. Known for an illustrious history and rich culture, it has become famous worldwide due to its urban development, booming economy, prowess in technology and commerce, and its tourist attractions, making it one of the most visited countries in the world.
In the city of Hangzhow, located in the Zhejiang Province of Eastern China, is the West Lake, one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in the world. Originally a part of the Qiantong River, this water body combines the beauty of nature with further enhancement by human intervention, to create a truly scenic and picturesque lake which has served as a symbol of beauty and tranquillity for years.
Although initially the West Lake was nothing more than a shallow inlet of the Qiantong River, by the 8th Century the lake was dredged and dammed and created into one of the most breathtaking locations in all of China. site’s beauty is so great that it is said to have been the source of inspiration for many Chinese poets and painters. The sparkling West Lake has also enriched the areas around it, which are known for their scenic beauty. In the area immediately surrounding this attraction there are several peach blossoms and willows, along with lotuses, osmanthuses, tulips and plum blossoms; its beauty is only enhanced by the tranquillity of the lake.
This water body is also surrounded by several historic and cultural attractions such as the Yue-Wang Temple, the Long Jin Tea Farms and the Tomb of Wu Song. One of the best places to sit back and absorb the natural beauty of this area and its surroundings is from Fairy Islet, a small island located in the middle of the lake which provides stunning views. In 2011, the lake was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cited as a location that reflects “an idealized fusion between humans and nature”, and therefore is a “must visit” location in China.
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