The landscape layout of West Lake was gradually formed over the past thousands of years. It is a great heritage that the forefathers have left us. Through viewing and studying the features, we may find the brilliance of ancient people's design and their traditional aesthetics in philosophy.
Mid-lake Pavilion is an islet located in the center of West Lake. It's the oldest of the three islets in West Lake. Its unique view “Viewing West Lake around Mid-lake Pavilion (湖心平眺)” is one of “Eighteen Scenes of West Lake in the Qing Dynasty”(清代西湖十八景).
Bai Causeway is a man-made causeway named after Bai Juyi (白居易) who was a great poet living in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). The causeway was constructed during his term as the governor of Hangzhou. Now, the causeway has become an indispensible part of West Lake.
West Lake borders 'cloud-capped hills' on three sides and adjoins the sprawling downtown metropolis on the other. The expansive waters framed by rolling hills are a photographer’s dreamscape. The vistas are multi-faceted and boundless.