Originally a shallow sea inlet, due to the laying down of silt this 5.68 square kilometers of water became the famous West Lake. The cultural landscape of the West Lake initiated in the 9th Century, took shape in the 13th Century and had been thrived since the 18th Century. For about ten centuries, it has always been the spiritual home of Chinese culture elites, the paradise for Chinese people and a well-known lake in China with the longest history and biggest influence. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List on June, 24, 2011.
Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is the provincial center in economy, culture, science and education. It is a famous city in history and culture and also an important national tourist city with the beautiful scenery.
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"Rippling waters shimmering on a sunny day, Misty mountains shrouded in rain; Plain or gaily dressed like Xizi; West Lake is always alluring." These are the words used by the celebrated Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo to describe Hangzhou’s West Lake.
The famous poet-governor Bai Juyi of the Tang Dynasty was the first one to organize a large-scale dredging during his term.
In the Northern Song, famous poet-governor Su Dongpo dredged the lake thoroughly and used the silt to form the charming Su Causeway.
General Yue Fei, who resisted Jin invaders, was buried around the lake.