Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hangzhou, China

Thanks a lot to Wang Jia Yi for this beautiful card....I really wonder where the actual tone of green is coming from, but it definitely has a great effect over the card...

the card shows a Spring Night by the West Lake in the city of Hangzhou.
The West Lake, or in Chinese 西湖, is a famous fresh water lake, located in the historic centre of Hangzhou in the Zheijang province of eastern China.
It is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with an area of around 6.5 square kilometers and is divided by three causeways.
West Lake is not only famous for its picturesque landscape, it is also associated with many scholars, national heroes and revolutionary martyrs, thus embracing many aspects of Chinese culture. In addition, many ancient buildings, stone caves and engraved tablets in surrounding areas are among the most cherished national treasures of China, with significant artistic value.
Due to its prominent historical and cultural status among Chinese scenic resorts, West Lake was elected as a National Key Scenic Resort in 1982, one of Ten Scenic Resorts in 1985 and national 5A tourist resort in 2006. Moreover, the picture of "Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon" was printed on the backs of both the foreign exchange certificate one yuan bill issued by the government in 1979 and the fifth version of RMB one yuan bill issued in 2004, indicating the status of West Lake in China.


Gabby Girl said...

I went there several times. Fuyang, the city I lived in for 6 months was only an hour away from Hangzhou. We would go there to find western food because Fuyang really didn't have any besides KFC.

West Lake was very pretty. I sat on a bench and watched the fireworks explode around the city during Chinese New Year. It was spectacular.

Gone with postcrads said...

Great Chinese! I am delighted to see that you put Chinese in your blog! Haha~~

Ana said...

@ Gaby: memories, eh? :)

@gone with postcards: I know this will be disappointing, but i just copy-pasted that Chinese part...but I did think it would look really good to put it there :)