For the visitor to China, Hangzhou’s West Lake is a world away from the bustling streets of Beijing and Shanghai. Its shores are dotted with elegant pagodas and temples, as well as the Fuchun Resort, and here it is possible to experience the peaceful grace of Chinese culture, whether through a tai chi class or sipping the tea that grows in the region. With its unusual rock formations and the lush woods along its shores, the lake was a frequent subject of classical Chinese paintings. The feeling of serenity is undeniable, whether you experience the lake shrouded in a morning mist or glowing in the afternoon sun. In the eleventh century the poet Su Shi wrote that, “West Lake is always alluring.” Even as China undergoes changes, some things remain as true as ever.
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