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The Broken Bridge lies at the eastern end of the White Causeway. According to the Joumal of West Lake Visit in the Ming Dynasty, the place was so named because the White Causeway from the Solitary Hill was cut off here. The Broken Bridge is the most famous bridge at the West Lake. Ts name is seen in the folktale of Madam White Snake, where the touching and sad love story of Lady White and Xu Xian begins when they meet at the Broken Bridge and borrow the umbrella as their love-promise.

The scene of their reunion at the Broken Bridge after suffering lots of hardships has made every Broken Bridge visitor fall into a long reverie. In addition, the Remaining Snow on the Broken Bridge is also one of the famous "Ten Scenes of the West Lake".

Baoshu Pagoda

Reposed onthe Baoshi Hill, the Baoshu Pagoda was first built in the period of the Northern Song Dynasty, ruined and rebuilt many times later. Now a solid hexagonal pagoda with 7 stories and with a height of 45.3 meters, it was built in 1933 according to the design of the Ming Dynasty. The body of the pagoda is straight and slight, looking very much like a fair lady, slim and graceful, standing by the West Lake.

It is one of the symbols of the West Lake, praised by people as "Baoshu the fair lady".

West Lake in Spring

The spring of the West Lake is very poetic, especially the famous scenery of the White Causeway in Early Spring. Built in Tang Dynasty, more than 1,000 years ago, the White Causeway is covered with silk-like willows and pink peach blossoms in spring, just like a bright and beautiful strap across the lake. Seeing such beautiful scenery, visitors would feel as if they have entered a fairyland on earth.

Mini Yingzhou

In the water of the West Lake, there are three islands with different features, with the Mini Yingzhou being the largest of them. Built in 1607, the island has a feature of "having an island in the lake and having a lake in the island", praised as a "floating miniature garden".

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is one of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake. The three stone pagodas are 2 meters in height respectively, and were first built 800 years ago on the bank of the lake.Spherical in shape,

they are hollowed inside, with 5 holes on the surface of the bulb. When the full moon is shining high above in the sky, people would light candles in the pagodas and seal the holes with thin paper. Shining through the holes, the candlelight is reflected on the surface of the water as if there were many little moons, producing a marvelous scene of "one moon in the sky, three silhouettes in the water". The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is thus named.


Autumn Moon on Calm Lake

Also one of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake, the Autumn Moon on Calm Lake is located at the western end of the White Causeway, surrounded by water on its three sides and against the Solitary Hill on its back. With an open and calm water surface, the place is best for watching moon on the Mid Autumn Festival, hence its name. The spot has an area of 6,000 sq. meters, with many pavilions, stages, and plant gardens in it.

Yue Fei Temple

Located on the bank of the Yue Lake at the northwest comer of the West Lake, the Yue Fei Temple was first built in 1221, and consisted of the Temple of the Martyr, the Loyalty Enlightenment Hall and the Yue Fei Tomb. In the Temple of the Martyr, there is a statue of the national hero Yue Fei, with a huge tablet suspended above, inscribed on which is Yue Fei's words in his own handwriting-"give back my rivers and mountains".

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Loc acted on the north bank of the Qiantang River to the south of the city, the Six Harmonies Pagoda was first built in the year of 970, with a purpose of keeping down the river's tide. Rebuilt in 1153, today's pagoda was nearly 60 meters high, a pavilion-style structure of brick and timber, with 8 facets and 7 stories. Seen from the outside, it has 13 stories, but it has only 7 inside,

with 6 of them closed and the seventh floor connected with the body of the pagoda, where there are numerous brick statues. Ascending to the top of the pagoda and looking down, one has a panoramic view of the beauty of the Qiantang River, feeling as if "standing above the highest level of the sky".
In 1993, on the Yuelun Hill behind the Six harmonies Pagoda was built a Chinese Ancient Pagoda Exhibition Park, collecting and building nearly a hundred miniatures of famous pagodas in the history of China. Visitors can see ancient pagodas with various artistic designs and architectural features in the Pagoda Park.

Fish Wonder at Huagang Crook

The Huagang Park (Flower Harbor Park) lies at the southern end of the Su Causeway, against the West Hill, and has an area of 20 hectares. In the park there are four sections, the Peony Yard, the Red Fish Pool, the Thick Forest Zone and the New Flower Harbor. In the Peony Yard there are more than 800 species of peony, the Red Fish Pool is full of flowers and plants,

with fish playing in the water and breeze bringing petals every where, thus presenting a poetic scene of "flowers touching the fish and the fish kissing the flowers".

Xiling Seal Club

Located by the side of the Xiling Bridge at the Solitary Hill, the Xiling Seal Club is a famous academic group of epigraphy and seal cutting study in China. It was first established in 1904 and became a formal organization in 1913, with Wu Changshuo, the famous painter being the first director. It has some tourist attractions such as the Bamboo Attic, the Cypress Patio, the Huayan Lection Pagoda and the Sizhao Loft. There is a "Stele for the Anniversary of the Death of Three Elders in Translation" in the Three Elders' Chamber, which can date back to the Eastern Han Dynasty,

and was viewed as a treasure by archaeologists both at home and abroad.

Prince bay Park

The Prince Bay Park lies at the south hill road, against the Nanping Hill, with an area of 300 mu (1/15 of a hectare). It is the largest park for wedding celebration, with smart and natural artistic taste, suitable for Western-style wedding. There are programs such as "Love Forever" and "A Devoted Couple".

The wedding ceremony begins with the merry Wedding March, with the bride holding flowers hand in hand with the bridegroom, walking across the tiny bridge through an open lawn to a wedding church. They'll come upon a red heart shaped carpet in a rain of colorful paper flakes and will receive the colored ribbons and release pigeons before sitting down at the round table. The ceremony girls will take to them a big bottle of champagne and present them with a red card to congratulate them on their marriage, and ask the couple to drink form a nuptial cup. At the end of the ceremony, the couple will be carried to the small room in the wood in a bridal sedan chair, where they will perform a special ritual in the bridal chamber after kowtowing to the heaven and earth, and to their parents. Afterwards, the couple will ride in a horse-drawn carriage and go into the Western-style garden by a winding pathway, where they will have a wedding feast with their families, thus putting an end to the Western-style wedding.
To the park has been added the Lover's Column and Lover's Post Office and other attractions, to create a merry and romantic atmosphere.

Yellow Dragon Cave

Located n the thick bamboo forest at the foot of Qixialing to the north of the West Lake, the Yellow Dragon Cave is a tourist attraction reputed for its stones and walled pools. It is one of the Ten New Scenes of the West Lake, the Yellow Dragon Spitting Emerald Green, the specific feature of the Yellow Dragon Cave is that crooks, pools, pavilions, corridors, pines and bamboo are condensed in a hill valley,

thus forming a best recess for enjoying bamboo with dozens of rare bamboo species in a beautiful and lively surroundings. In recent years, in addition to these original attractions, activities in close association with "Yuan" (predestination or luck) have been developed, for example, there are Yuan Introducing, Yuan Probing, Yuan for Marriage, Yuan Inquiry, Yuan Realization. There are also huge stages for dramas and operas and music played with traditional stringed and woodwind instruments in South China. Visitors can enjoy the fine and sweet scenery of South China and acquire a knowledge of the "Yuan" folklore, which makes the matchmaker companion of the Yellow Dragon, the bride taken by the son of the Dragon, thus enriching the man-made attractions for the Yellow Dragon Cave.
The Yellow Dragon Cave provides visitors with sightseeing, relaxation, and entertainment at the same time, making it a good place for rest, recreation and leisure.

Traditional Medicine Museum at Hu Qingyu Pharmaceutical Workshop

The Traditional Medicine Museum at Hu Qingyu Pharmaceutical Workshop is a museum for Chinese traditional medicine and also one of the historical and cultural relics under state protection. The museum was built on the old structure of the Hu Qingyu Pharmaceutical Workshop in a late Qing Dynasty style.

In the museum are exhibited and introduced medicine celebrities of the past dynasties, origins of medicine, the development of the study of medicine, the exchange of medicine knowledge between China and foreign countries, tools for making Chinese medicine, along with tens of thousands of specimen of Chinese traditional medicinal herbs. In the workshop, one can see old specialist men cutting and making traditional drugs. In the business hall, one can buy Chinese traditional medicinal herbs from various parts of the country.

China Silk Museum, China Tea Museum,
and Southern Song Official Kiln Museum

The China Silk Museum is a specialized state museum, exhibiting the history, culture, relics and products of silk.
The China Tea Museum is also a specialized state museum, exhibiting the invention, civilization and culture of tea in China.

Built on the ruins of the original official kiln, the Southern Song Official Kiln Museum puts on a comprehensive display of porcelain, with the Southern Song Official Porcelain as its subject, and the porcelain kiln ruins and unearthed relics as its major items on display, along with porcelain relics form other periods and modem masterpieces imitating ancient porcelain. An official porcelain kiln is a workshop for making porcelain exclusively for emperors and royal families.
There are 5 famous kilns, with the official kiln at the top of them.

Yuhang Liangzhu Culture Museum

The Yuhang Liangzhu Culture Museum is built in the suburb of Hangzhou, near the "Liangzhu Culure" site. Being praised as the "dawn of civilization" of mankind, the "Liangzhu Culture" is an important ancient culture at the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the late Neolithic Period about 4,000 to 5,300 years ago.

The items on display in the Liangzhu Culture Museum show the brilliant material civilization and cultural civilization created by Liangzhu ancestors.

Ruan Mount in Green Water

"Ruan Mount" refers to the Revered Mr. Ruan's Mount, the smallest one of the three islands in the West Lake. It was built by Ruan Yuan, the Zhejiang governor in Qing Dynasty, who mobilized peasant workers to dredge up the West Lake, and pile up the island with the silt from the lake. The Revered Mr. Ruan's Mount was named by later generations in Memory of him.
After Mr. Ruan's Mountcame into being, there were only willows on the island and there were no buildings of any

kind due to the soft foundation, thus it was called jokingly as the "Soft Mount" (Soft also pronounced as Ruan in Chinese). In 1982, the authority in charge of gardening made a plan for the island, and built various pavilions, chambers, halls and loftiest with bamboo structures and simple and elegant shapes. Today, there are the Cloud and Water Residence, the Yiyun Pavilion,

the Huanbi Chamber and other bamboo structures on it. Because the island is surrounded by green water and covered with lush grass and trees, it is named as Huanbi Village, and the spot is thus called as Ruan Mount in Green Water. It has been opened as the first fishing area in the West Lake.
The specific feature of Mr. Ruan's Mount is the summer night tour, in imitation of the traditional practice. The activity re-stages the uproarious occasion when the master and his servants gave reception to their guests in the old times. There are new programs every year. In recent years, for instance, there has been the program of Emperor Qianlong Visiting the Southern China in Plain Clothes, sitting in the huts or bamboo rooms, visitors can enjoy the music over their teacups, and be totally free of summer heat and the day's fatigue.

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