“Granted the UNESCO world cultural heritage status in 2011, the West Lake of Hangzhou deservingly joined the hall of fame as the 41st entry of the prestigious world heritage director. the lake is a symbol of the Chinese aesthetics, vividly illustrating the perfect combination of natural beauty and human design. the lake contributes uniquely the garden landscaping tradition of eastern Asian regions. there is no lake that has been lauded by so many literary notables and loved by the world as much as the West Lake of Hangzhou. the West Lake is also a embodiment of the religious and cultural richness of the city of Hangzhou.
First built in 326, the first year of the East Jin Dynasty, the temple is the holy land for Buddhists from all over the world. In its heyday, the temple was serving more than 3,00 monks. The awesome architecture is part of its fame. In the main hall, Sakyamuni towers regally to a height of over 60 feet and is country's largest statue of a sitting Buddha. The entrance path is lined with historical attractions, with 345 reproductions of famous Buddhist statues from alll over the world carved on the cliffs of the famous hill named Peak That Flew from Afar.
First built in the Wu and Yue Kingdoms period and rebuilt in 970, this majestic pagoda beside the Qiantang River was constructed to combat flooding and destruction caused by the tidal bores of the river. It is china's most significant octagonal brick-and-wood structure preserved from ancient times, representing the highest level of the Northern Song architectural science and aesthetic ambitions. Rising 59.89 meters into the sky, the pagoda features a seven-storey inside structure and a 13-storey outside wooden structure. Every level has a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills and sprawling cityscape.
Ideally seated at the foot of the Wu Hill at the southernmost tip of the city center, this intriguing block is a well-preserved locale showcasing the long-time commercial prosperity of Hangzhou. It is a great place to shop, or just browse for traditional products and snacks, and while away some time ducking into the stalls and snacking at the stands selling everything from dragon mustache candy to herbal tea. Watching a variety of entertainers enthralling the crowds with Chinese yo-yo tricks, antique puppet shows or working hard at the ancient crafts is great fun.