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Eddie Cheng

Winter in Hangzhou, West Lake (杭州, 西湖冬季) #09 ~ an appreciation of Chinese landscapes

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# Daily Dozen, July 25 2013; National Geographic YourShot


#9 Scent of the Quyuan Brewery and Lotuses on the Wind (曲苑风荷), 4 January, 2013; another of West Lake’s 10 scenic spots (西湖十景).


During the Southern Song Dynasty of China, Quyuan Courtyard was the site of the imperial winery. When the gentle summer breeze blew through lotuses kept in the lake near the brewery, it mixed with the smells of alcohol. This was said to make even those not drinking feel intoxicated. Whether or not this economical drunkenness was more poetry than fact will have to be left to the imagination.

Truth be told. Now hand me a Tsingtao (beer)!


This is the second of my two reflections and is also the last of my "Winter in Hangzhou, West Lake (杭州, 西湖冬季)" series.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who had stood by me these few weeks while I walked you through these nine scenes. I hope some of you will leave with a better appreciation of Chinese landscapes, or more specifically, Chinese Winter Landscapes.

* For my Facebook friends, the complete series (rejects & also-rans) is in my FB page www.facebook.com/yewyuee


For a brief history of West Lake, Hangzhou, please refer to the first photograph of my mini-series. This mini-series is best appreciated (the attached notes) in a chronological order http://500px.com/yewyuee/sets/west_lake_hangzhou_zhejiang_p_r_china_ Have a great experience. GOD Bless.


I would also like to thank fellow 500px member, Wilson Li (http://500px.com/WilsonL1), who provided me with many valuable insights before my trip.

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