People often say "Heaven above, suzhou and hangzhou below", which is a kind of praise for the beautiful scenery of Hangzhou and Suzhou. Speaking of the beauty of Hangzhou, we have to mention the West Lake of Hangzhou.
West Lake, located in the scenic area of Longjing Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, has a total area of 49 square kilometers, catchment area of 21.22 square kilometers, Lake area of 6.38 square kilometers, average water depth of 2.28 meters, and lakeshore circumference of 15 kilometers. The West Lake is a poem, a natural picture and a beautiful and moving story. No matter the people who have lived here for many years or the travelers who have passed by in a hurry, they are all fascinated by the unique beauty of the world. West Lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The lake is separated by Gushan, Baidi, Sudi and Yang Gongdi. According to the size of the lake, they are Waixi Lake, Xili Lake, Beili Lake, Xiaonan Lake and Yuehu Lake. Sudi and Baidi cross the lake surface. Xiaoyingzhou, Huxinting and Ruan Gongdun are three small islands situated in the center of Waixi Lake. Leifeng Tower and Xizhaoshan are located in the center of the lake. Baoluo Pagoda in Gemstone Mountain is separated by lakes, thus forming the basic pattern of "one mountain, two pagodas, three islands, three dikes and five lakes". In 2007, the West Lake Scenic Spot in Hangzhou was rated as "China's National AAAAA Class Tourist Spot". On June 24, 2011, "Hangzhou West Lake Cultural Landscape" was officially listed in the World Heritage List.
There is another legend about the West Lake. It is said that long ago, the jade dragon and the Golden Phoenix in the sky found a piece of white jade on the Fairy Island beside the Milky Way. They Polished jade for many years, and the white jade became a bright pearl. Where the jewel illuminated, the trees would be evergreen and the flowers would blossom. But later this jewel was discovered by the Queen Mother, and the Queen Mother sent Heavenly Soldiers to rob it. The Jade Dragon and the Golden Phoenix rushed to ask for it. The Queen Mother refused to accept it. Then there was a struggle. Once the Queen Mother's hand was loose, the Pearl landed on the earth and became the sparkling West Lake. The Jade Dragon and the Golden Phoenix also went down and became the Jade. Longshan (Yuhuangshan) and Fenghuangshan, always guard the West Lake.