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Heavenly Wind over Wu Hill

Heavenly Wind over Wu Hill (吴山天风)
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There are a lot of odd-shaped rocks and
inscriptions on the hill.
Heavenly Wind over Wu Hill, Chenghuang Hill (On the south end of Yan'an Road), Shangcheng, Hangzhou, 杭州市上城区城隍山(延安路南端), Shangcheng District

The New Ten Scenes of West Lake were chosen to echo the beauty of the traditional Ten Scenes of the West Lake and provide another itinerary that captures more of the serene beauty of the area. Visitors who do not have time to see all of the sights may wish to visit at least three of them.

Wu Hill situates at the end of hills around the lake, is made up of 10 or more peaks.

It stretches for several miles and extends into the downtown. Besides, it is locally called Chenghuang Hill. It is also a place where you can enjoy different scenes in different seasons for it is covered with a rich variety of trees and flowers. There are a lot of odd-shaped rocks and inscriptions on the hill. A strange cluster of rocks which is known as the “Twelve Animal Stones” appears like the twelve animals in the Chinese lunar calendar symbolizing the different years in which people are born: rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and hog, and it is also called as the “Twelve Peaks of Witch Hill”. On the hill, there are many camphor trees . One of them, the oldest one, “Song Camphor”, stands in front of a hilltop teahouse which is called “Tea Aroma Tower”, is more than 800 years old.

On the top of Wu Hill, there is a pavilion where you can have a view of both Qiantang River and West Lake as the hill locates between Qiantang River and West Lake. Walking out of the pavilion, you can see an inscription lauding a huge rock as “No. One Peak of Wu Hill” by Zhu Xi, an famous educationist of the Southern Song Dynasty. Recently, Panoramic View Pavilion and Tea Aroma Tower were built on the Wu Hill. Furthermore ginkgo, Chinese sweet gum, pine tree and evergreen camphor were planted all over the hill to accompany the “Song Camphor”. All these create a more attractive appearance of Wu Hill because the new scene blends perfectly with the old.

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