Comprised of the Red Carp Pool and the Peony Garden, Flower Harbor (Huā Gǎng, 花港) is the sight of a former private garden built and owned by Lu Yunsheng, an imperial official of the Southern Song Dynasty, along West Lake. Watching the fish of Red Carp Pool in Flower Harbor was part of the traditional "Ten Scenes of West Lake" later standardized by Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi.
Today, Flower Harbor is open to the public, providing year-round natural beauty. Spring in the Peony Garden is glorious with pink, violet and custard-colored blossoms burst forth and the scents of fruit tree blossoms and azaleas perfume the air. Summer's stars include magnolias, myrtle and, of course, China's signature water blossom, the lotus. Fall and winter are not without their floral flourishes, with laurel, camellia and nandina brightening the scene.
Located just west of Su Causway on the southwestern shore of West Lake, the park makes for a pleasant hour or so at any time of year.
About 20 minutes north of the Qiantang River (Qiántáng Jiāng, 钱塘江) from Liuhe Pagoda, the Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies (Jiǔ Xī Shíbā..
Liùhé Tǎ (六和塔), or "Six Harmonies Pagoda," stands south of West Lake, aside the Qiantang River. The 60 m (196 ft) tall pagoda was built during..
The Xiling Seal Society (Xīlíng Yìnshè, 西泠印社) is a charming institution dedicated to the study, preservation and creation of classical..
Completed in 1861, this elegant garden villa was built as a private retreat for a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant. Guo's Villa (Guō Zhuāng, 郭庄) is a fine..