West Lake Hangzhou – Natures Abode

China is the place for a tourist to immerse himself in its rich heritage. Owing to the many festivals and cultural events that the country has to offer, it is on the top of any discerning traveller’s list of places to visit. While there for one festival or the other, there is a place that should not be missed. That is the West Lake in China’s Hangzhou area. Literally translating to ‘West Lake’, this freshwater Chinese lake has a great historic past. Located in the eastern part of China, this lake has many temples, pagodas, artificial islands and also beautiful gardens in between it. Now that sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

The gardens of this lake are so beautiful that are said to have “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries”. The West Lake Hangzhou is such a beautiful place to visit and it is reputed to have influenced a great number of painters and poets over the years. The area was also made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and is surrounded on three sides by mountains! With a depth of three meters, the West Lake also has five other areas to it. Divided by the Bai, Su, Gu Shan, and Yanggong Causeways, there are five other smaller lakes, the Outer West Lake, West Inner Lake, Little South Lake, North Inner Lake and the Yue Lake. Near the Outer West Lake, you will find the largest, most beautiful natural island on the lake.

There are also a lot of ancient buildings together with caves that surround the place. To stay in China is really an experience you must not miss out on. Look for a Wuxi hotel in the region. Finding a hotel in Wuxi is relatively easy but a great choice of a place to stay is the Millennium Wuxi. The West Lake has passed through the hands of the Sui Dynasty who engineered the project, the Tang Dynasty and many others who were instrumental in making the lake into what it is today. Being one of China’s more significant artistic locations, this place is held in high regard in Chinese society. If you love nature, this is a great place to be at and also to see the squirrels skittering around the beautiful flora and fauna.

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.

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Dragon Temple Ecological Park – A park of mythical proportions

Rising from within the mists of the Taihu Lake in China’s Jiangsu province, you will find the Dragon Temple Ecological Garden, which is a modern feature of landscaping genius as it artfully blends natural elements with human creativity to emerge as an architectural wonder unmatched elsewhere. Discover the Dragon Park and other mystical sights in the Wuxi area when you plan your stay at a stellar Wuxi hotel such as the Millennium Wuxi. Set within almost 12,000 square metres of peaceful garden space, nature lovers will feel right at home at this scenic hotel in Wuxi. Venture into the Dragon Temple Ecological Park to witness a landscaping marvel. It features the production of fruits and tea and incorporates Buddhist cultural elements in the form of myriad temples to grace the verdant surrounds. The Millenary Dragon Temple, the Triatna Temple, the Grand Hall are some of the impressive monuments that add a measure of elegance to the park. Culture vultures will enjoy exploring the sumptuous interiors of Lingong Palace and soaking the aged aura of the Xu Fucheng Tomb. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy a leisurely stroll through many of the themed enclaves, such as the Peach Garden, Orange Garden, Chestnut Garden and Plum Garden, flanked by the serene waters of the Calabash Pond and the Big Stove Pond. With the undulating hills adding texture to the scenic surrounds, all visitors will enjoy a foray into this modern masterpiece of ecological import.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.

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Taihu Yuantouzhu Scenic – Take a welcome breather in nature

The beautiful scenic area of Wuxi on China’s furthest eastern coast is an intriguing part of the country replete with history and natural splendour that beg exploration. When visiting the city, a quality hotel in Wuxi to host your stay can be found at the Millennium Wuxi. Boasting sumptuous elegance and a central location, this Wuxi hotel will provide all guests with a stay unmatched in comfort and convenience. When you fancy a break from the city, visit Lake Taihu, China’s third-largest freshwater lake, and dotted with 48 small islands and 72 peaks, creating a natural wonderland ripe for exploration. One of the most memorable locales in the region is the Yuantouzhu peninsula, which juts out over the lake and surrounding area and opens up a breathtaking spectacle for the eyes. The unique rock feature resembles a turtle’s head, which is what the name translates to. Featuring a gorgeous landscaped garden built in 1916, it covers an area of almost 6km and is one of the country’s largest. The gardens play home to a slew of beautiful private homes and villas, whose luxurious facades are a treat to witness when you walk through. Dotted with fine examples of ancient and modern architectural features, as well as vibrant flower gardens, it is the ideal location to be savoured on a lazy afternoon with family and friends.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.

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