Slender West Lake
Yangzhou is one of China's historic cities dating back to the fifth century BC. Slender West Lake is a man-made lake where beautiful views and historic points coexist. It lies in the southwest of Yangzhou. The lake is a state-level scenic resort and gets its name because its outline is long and narrow like a slender, gentle girl.
The original name of Slender West Lake was Bao Zhang River which consisted of man-made moat and watercourse leading to the ancient canal with the changes of cities since Sui and Tang Dynasty. The beautiful surface of river went zigzag and extended and shrank at times. The river changed its name into Slender West Lake in Qian Long Throne (Qing Dynasty) when a poet called Wang Hang wrote a poem to praise the river: " Drooping willows continuously connect with remnant thicket grass, Yanchi Hongqiao is just like in a beautiful picture. Scenery in the lake is as beautiful as that in West Lake , therefore it can be called Slender West Lake." Therefore, Slender West Lake got its name and was famous for this poem. There are altogether 36 lakes called "West Lake" around the world, however, the name of "Slender West Lake" refers only to the lake in Yangzhou.
People look forward to visiting the beautiful scenery of Slender West Lake for a pretty long time. Liu Daguan, who was born in Qing Dynasty, once said Hangzhou was famous for lakes and mountains and Suzhou was famous for cities and shops, while Yangzhou was famous for gardens and pavilion. Shenfu, another scholar who was also born in Qing Dynasty, praised the lake in Six Chapters of A Floating Life that "it was so ingeniously planned that it looked like a bit of nature, suggesting to me the 'marble halls' and 'emerald pools' and phantom gardens of Fairyland itself. The beauty of the place consisted in the fact that over a dozen private villas and home gardens combined to form a huge park, stretching all the way from the city to the hill, with a unity all its own." Many cultural celebrities, such as Li Bai, Liu Yuxi, Bai Juyi, Du Mu, Ouyang Xiu, Su Shi, Wang Yuyang, Pu Songling, Kong Shangren, Wu Jingzhi, Yu Dafu, Zhu Ziqing and so on, have traveled here and left deep or shallow footprints, and writings winning universal praise. For examples, "Propelled by March fireworks down to Yangzhou", "Gardens are mostly residential quarters and number of vehicles and horses are less than that of boats", "And clear in the moon on the Twenty-Four Bridges, Girls white as jade are teaching flute-music", "Every pearl-screen is open on the Yangzhou Road for ten miles in the breeze", "I see before my very eyes the walls of green willows of Yangzhou City". These innumerable famous sayings came down through the ages and added brilliant, thick and heavy colors for Slim West Lake .
It is just because of its long history, abundant scenes of human cultures, and beautiful and elegant natural charm that Slim West Lake beauty spot becomes a well-known tourist attraction for guests at home and abroad coming in a continuous stream.
Narrow in shape, the lake is like a tall and slender beauty in comparison with the West Lake in Hangzhou of east China's Zhejiang Province. It's beauty lies in the meandering lake and simple and unsophisticated constructions. It is 4.3 kilometers in total length with an area of over 30 hectares. Main sights on it include Spring Willows Along the Long Causeway, Xuyuan Garden, Xiaojin hill, Chuitai Terrace, Five-Pavilion Bridge and White Pagoda.
The lake is typical of the Chinese water-based garden art combining the grace and elegance of the south with the grandeur and magnificence of the north. It's known for its 24 attractions. To fully appreciate the breathtaking views one simply has to visit
The Slender West Lake lies in Shugang Ridge-Slender West Lake Scenic area-a key scenic spot under State protection.
A famous garden park on lake in China, it has zigzagging channels in a secluded atmosphere. It is surrounded by scenic spots.
There are willows on the banks of the lake, the Twenty-four Bridge Scenic Spot Scenery Amid the Misty Rain, Xuyuan Garden, Small Golden Hill, Five-Pavilion Bridge, White Pagoda, The Twenty-four Bridge Scenic Spot, Exquisite Flower World, Xichun Tower, Discovering-Spring Tower, Singing-of-the-Moon Teahouse, Hubin Corridor, Running Water from Stone Cliffs and Tranquil Study. They are like an enchanting painted scroll in Chinese ink.
The Slender West Lake, relying on its most refined and prepossessing appearance, is in the preparation of greeting tourists from all corners of the world.
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