West Lake Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hang-zhou was officially announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 35th World Heritage Committee Meeting in Paris on Jun. 24. Up to now, China has applied for World Cultural Heritages successfully for nine years continuously. The number of China’s World Heritages has been increased to 41, ranking third in the world.
The World Heritage Committee holds that West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou is an excellent influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries, and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealized fusion between humans and nature.
West Lake Cultural Landscape is located in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province. Occupying 3,322.88 ha. totally, it was composed by six landscape factors, including natural mountain and water system, the spatial features of “surrounded on three sides by mountains and one side by city,” landscape structure of “Two Causeways and Three Islands,” Ten Scenes of West Lake, cultural relic sites and distinctive plants. Inheriting the philosophy of “man is an integral part of nature,” it was developed and completed continuously over centuries, and becomes a famous lake with oriental culture, unique design methods and long history.