China - West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

"West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides - this inscribed landscape 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..." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
A famous poetic view of Hangzhou West Lake with carp swimming in the waters. Nice flower stamps used. Thanks to Cheer of China.

Postcard 2
The West Lake of Hangzhou is famous in Chinese literature and must-visit destination. I have been there and was amazed by the beauty and tranquility of the Xihu (West Lake) as described by famous Chinese poets in the past and present. Thanks to Candy Bao for sending this nice card from Hangzhou.

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Postcard 4
Sunset at Hangzhou West Lake. Nice signed postcrossing meet up postcard. Thanks to aeronest of China.

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West Lake view of Hangzhou. Thanks to Yolanda of China.

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West Lake. Thanks to Chen of China for mailing from Hangzhou.

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