Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo, is a great gifted scholar of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), who had made great achievements in multiple areas, such as poem composing, 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.
He had been the official of Hangzhou for two times. In his first term, from 1071 to 1074, he served as the assistant officer of Zhizhou (知州: the governor of a state) at 36 and in the second term from 1089 to 1091, as the governor of Hangzhou. During his terms, he had made great contributions to Hangzhou and the most well-known one is the dredging of West Lake and the building of Su Causeway, which was named after him later, from the silt from West Lake. He had enjoyed his time among the mountains and waters of Hangzhou and had become an indispensable part of Hangzhou’s culture which is now shining brightly.
Recently, the city of Hangzhou was advertised in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and the ten-thousand-people time travel record of Hangzhou’s Song Dynasty Town has also been publicized in New York’s Times Square.