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If there is a place that man’s genius in landscaping has been tested to the limits, it has to be at the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou. The landscape has inspired many a poet, artist and scholar to come up with works that went ahead to conquer the globe. The pagodas, temples, pavilions, gardens and ornament trees, causeways and artificial islands have influenced generations of ancient and modern landscapers and architects.

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou you gotta go here

If there is a place that man’s genius in landscaping has been tested to the limits, it has to be at the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou. The landscape has inspired many a poet, artist and scholar to come up with works that went ahead to conquer the globe. The pagodas, temples, pavilions, gardens and ornament trees, causeways and artificial islands have influenced generations of ancient and modern landscapers and architects.

You will find West Lake influence in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cities. The landscape is a testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes that has idealized the blend between the humans and nature.

On its 3 sides, Westlake is surrounded by cloud-ornamented hills. On its fourth side, it is flanked by the city of Hangzhou. Since Tang Dynasty (AD 618 to 907) artists and writers have painted pictures and written stories and poems about this surreal landscape. The islands, causeways, hills slopes etc. combine to make up a picture perfect destination for those who want to holiday as they take pictures.

The artificial lake, 2 causeways, and three islands were created through repeated dredging from 9th to 12th centuries. The completion of the work was to be the pride of the nation if the writings of the Tang and Song Dynasties scholars are anything to go by.

The beautiful landscape is today one of the most celebrated holiday destinations in the world. The pictures you take here are the kind that you post on Pinterest or Facebook wall and people start asking you whether they are real or photo shopped. The scenery here is fit for the post card. Make sure you come with your family here. It helps to capture fond memories on beautiful backgrounds. They pictures will make you smile when the marriage or relationships hit the rocky road.

Of course you will pay premium to vacation in such a neighborhood, but do not worry – it is not the kind of places you wonder why you spent too much on. Rather, it is the kind of place you would be happy to pay more if only your vacation duration allowed you to stay longer.

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