The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS 2018)
Group Tour

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Schedule:
8:00: Depart from the Jinma Palace to West Lake
9:00 West Lake (Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond- visting ten sceners on West Lake by Sightseeing Boat-Solitary Hill)
12:00-13:00 Lunch in Restaurants with Hangzhou Specialities
13:30-15:30 Temple of Soul's Retreat (Lingyin Temple)
16:30-17:00 Back to Jinma Palace from Temple of Soul's Retreat (Lingyin Temple)

About West Lake (Xi Hu)

"Sunny water waves its glow, Misty rain tricks the hill. Plainly or gaily decked out like Xi Zi, West Lake is always alluring." These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) to depict the charm of the West Lake.



Measuring 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in length, 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) in width, and 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) in average depth, the lake spreads itself in an area totaling 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers). Embraced by mountains on three sides, the West Lake knits itself into the North Inner Lake, the Yuehu Lake, the West Inner Lake, the South Lake and the West Outer Lake by the fabric of the Bai Causeway, the Su Causeway and the Yang Causeway. Between the North Inner Lake and the West Outer Lake lies the largest natural island called the Solitary Hill. In addition, three man-made islands stand in the West Outer Lake: the Lesser Paradise Island, the Mid-lake Pavilion, and the Ruangong Islet; and two famous pagodas by the lake: the Leifeng Pagoda to the south and the Baochu Pagoda to the north. Nowadays, West Lake is one of the top ten scenic areas in China, getting listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011. It is famous for the romantic legends and intoxicating scenery.

Top Ten Scenes of West Lake
There are many beautiful landscapes in the lake area, and the following are the most famous Top Ten Scenes.

         


Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring (苏堤春晓)
As the No. 1 of ten scenes of the West Lake, the Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring is intoxicating and delighting. In spring, the green willow buds and the pink peach blossoms will take the breath of tourists away, hence the fame.

Winery Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer (曲院荷风)
The Winery Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer in the northwest of the lake is a time-honored scenic spot. With a variety of lotus flowers dancing around, a culture of imperial wine back to the Southern Song Dynasty unfolding for you and a sight of southern-China garden coming your way, what an enjoyably unforgettable experience you have!

Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn (平湖秋月)
West Lake has been an ideal place to appreciate the glorious full moon since ancient times. The broad platform is a perfect spot to admire the full moon. In addition, there is a Xiling Calligraphy and Painting Gallery. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful moonlight, and feel the atmosphere of traditional Chinese culture.

Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge in Winter (断桥残雪)
The Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge in Winter scenic spot is at the foot of the Precious Stone Hill to the east end of the Bai Causeway. When seen from the Baoshi Mountain after snow, the bridge seems as if it were broken because the snow in the middle part has melted while the snow at the ends is still lingering. The remaining white snow is glistening in the sunshine. It is fabulous!

Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪闻莺)
The Orioles Singing in the Willows Scene is located at the Qingbo Gate to the southeast of the Outer West Lake. In March, tourists can appreciate the flying willow branches while listening to the warbling of orioles. It is intoxicating!

      


Viewing Fish at Flower Pond (花港观鱼)
Located at the Red Carp Pond to the south of the Su Causeway, the Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Scenic Spot is a large park of over 49 acres (20 hectares). For centuries, the Viewing Fish at Flower Pond has provided natural beauty and cultural connotations for emperors and poets who have expressed their admiration through poems, calligraphy, and drawings.

Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow (雷峰夕照)
The Leigfeng Pagoda in Evening Glow scene is located at the top of the Evening Glow Mountain to the south of the West Outer Lake. At dusk, the evening glow and the spectacular Leifeng Pagoda are reflected in the rippling lake. It looks very beautiful!

      


Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds (双峰插云)
Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds refers to South Peak and North Peak. The natural scenery is exceptionally beautiful, especially when it is cloudy or after a rainfall. It looks as if the fog is being pierced by the two peaks, thus the name 'Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds'.

Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill (南屏晚钟)
The bells ring at dawn and drums beat at dust in the temple at the Jinci Temple and Xingjiao Temple. The rocks and caves in the Nanping Hill vibrate in resonance with the incoming sound-waves. The beautiful sounds can be repeated again and again.

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (三潭印月)
The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon Scene is located to the south of the Lesser Paradise Island. "Three Pools" refer to the three stone towers and their surrounding water area. At full moon night, candles are lit in the sphere, and the holes are covered with thin paper. The holes, along with the full moon in the sky, are reflected in the water. It seems as if there were so many moons. That is quite unique! Additionally, the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon can be found on the CNY 1 note.
Apart from the top ten scenes, the lake is surrounded by many attractions worth visiting, including the Tomb of General Yue Fei, Tomb of Su Xiaoxiao, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, the Baochu Pagoda, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, the Underwater World, and Hangzhou Zoo.

About Temple of Soul's Retreat (Lingyin Temple)

      


You will find Temple of Soul's Retreat (Lingyin Temple) in a long, narrow valley between Peak Flown From Afar (Fei Lai Feng) and North Peak to the northwest of the West. It is without doubt a premier showpiece in the West Lake environs and is notable also as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China. In 1961 it was listed for protection as a key provincial historical and cultural site and is considered a leading centre for research relative to Chinese Buddhist culture.

Upon entering the first hall of the temple, you will see a tablet inscribed with words penned by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). This first great hall is the 'Hall of the Heavenly Kings.' On passing through this hall and crossing the courtyard beyond, you then enter the Da Xiong Bao Dian, the Hall of the Great Hero. Continuing through the complex, you will come in turn to the Pharmaceutical Master Hall, Great Mercy Hall and the Cool Spring Pavilion.

The Temple contains an important collection of Buddhist literature together with many other treasures. As a consequence it is a great centre of information for those who wish to study aspects of Chinese Buddhism in detail.

The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS 2018)
Conference Secretary: Lydia Shi
Email: abs@absconf.org   Tel: +86 17362961533