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By  Elyar Najmehchi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-02-02 16:56

West Lake Park

Pagoda and stone guardian at Kaihua Temple on the West Lake Park island.[Photo by Elyar Najmehchi for chinadaily.com.cn]

Fuzhou’s West Lake Park has a history of more than 1,700 years, being one of two artificial lakes (the other one being the East Lake) built during the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316) in 282 AD. It already emerged as a popular tourist attraction during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and is today the best-preserved classical garden in all of Fuzhou. With its scenery a favorite among painters and writers in ancient times, it became known as “the bright pearl of Fuzhou gardens”. Beautifully laid out paths and bridges run through smaller gardens, temples and pavilions on the islands of the large 42-hectare lake area in northwestern Fuzhou.

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