Bai Juyi: A Realistic Poet's Romance in Hangzhou

Bai Juyi is a great realistic poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and enjoys high reputation in China. For his great talent in poems, he was listed among 'The Best Three Poets of the Tang Dynasty'. As one of the scholar-officials in Hangzhou, his connection to Hangzhou is magnificent and profound.

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Su Dongpo: A Soul of West Lake & Hangzhou

Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo, is a greatly gifted scholar of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), who makes great achievements in multiple areas, such as poem writing, calligraphy, painting and politics etc. Since he started his official career at the age of 26, he had undergone a lot of hardship in his political life and been demoted for many times to a dozen of places. Nevertheless, he was still being positive and endeavored to offer the best to his people everywhere he went, in the meantime, left behind numerous literature works still being admired by many even today.

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Yang Mengying and Yanggong Causeway

Yang Mengying was from Sichuan Province and had served as the governor of Hangzhou for seven years. During his term, he obtained the imperial approval to improve the condition of West Lake and under his unremitting effort, West Lake was once again restored its prosperity. If it wasn’t for Yang Mengying, it’s highly possible that West Lake may have disappeared in history and only left us with regrets.

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