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Curved Yard and Lotus Pool

Curved_Yard.jpgOverview
Known as the one of the top ten scenes around the beautiful West Lake. This particular scene has earned its name from the fact that it had an abundance of lotus plants growing along its shores, which was called Crooked Courtyard. This typical West Lake scene has earned its fame since the Southern Song Dynasty, when the lakeside area with an abundant growth of lotus off its shores was known as Crooked Courtyard, and was the location of a brewery.

People said the smell of lotus flowers and wine blended by the cool lake breezes was intoxicating.  Nowadays the brewery is gone, and the area has been turned into a big park, but plenty of lotus plants still bloom off its shores.  They stand gracefully erect in the lake, as if they knew they had visitors coming to admire their beauty.

Curved_Yard_1.jpgHistory & Background
In the early years of the Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhao of Song Dynasty established Hangzhou as the capital and became the first emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty. He specially set up a Crooked Courtyard in the northwest of the lake. He recruited all the world's wine makers to make good wine for the court to enjoy. The curved yard was built with great care. A large pond was dug in the front, the water of the West Lake was introduced, and various kinds of precious lotus flowers, such as Red lotus and White lotus flowers, etc. In the early summer time when the lotus pond is full of green dew and the south wind sends fragrance, the red and white lotus flowers are in full bloom, which is very beautiful.

Since then, Curved Yard has undergone numerous transformations and expansions. The size of the lotus pool park planted hundreds of varieties of lotus, in particular to the number of charming wind load area. Here the surface of the water main, the distribution of red lotus, lotus, lotus heavy sets. Sprinkle golden lotus, devoted married couple and so were kind of lotus, lotus Tada, Handan enchanting.

Curved_Yard_2.jpgIn history, the beauty of Curved Yard shocked countless poets, writers and emperors. They adds more humanistic color to the beautiful lotus flowers in the garden. At the entrance of the scenic spot, visitors can also see a stone tablet with the name of this scene is one of the two remaining tablets given by the Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) of Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). 


Curved_Yard_3.jpgHighlight
Up to now, Curved Yard and Lotus Pool Garden covers an area of 14 hectares, the surrounding attractions included Yuefei temple, Guozhuang Garden, Botanical garden, etc. It is not only a famous summer garden to enjoy the "Infinite green lotus leaves and unique red lotus flowers", but also a good place for leisure and entertainment in the hot tourist area of the north line of the West Lake, it has always been the favorite place for lovers. Curved Yard is most splendid in lotus scenic area.

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Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
How to get there: West Lake is sited in center area of Hangzhou. It is easily reached by taxi or public buses.
Location: West Lake Scenic Area, Xihu District, the center of Hangzhou City.

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