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Hangzhou's West Lake

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ID: 2847 Upper Intermediate
In today's lesson you'll learn about the best places to visit at Hangzhou's West Lake (西湖, Xī Hú). Hear about some ancient stories such as "The Legend of White Snake" as well as the top 10 areas of most interest. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011, There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake and has influenced many of China's most famous poets and painters. Photo by anyonghua
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很早以前就想到杭州来看看西湖,可惜一直没有成行,下周趁着去杭州出差,我们终于可以了了这个心愿了。
hěnzǎo yǐqián jiù xiǎng dào Hángzhōu lái kàn kan xīhú ,kěxī yīzhí méiyǒu chéngxíng ,xiàzhōu chèn zhe qù Hángzhōu chūchāi ,wǒmen zhōngyú kěyǐ liǎo le zhè ge xīnyuàn le 。
We've long wanted to go to Hangzhou to see the West Lake, but unfortunately we were never able to make it happen. Next week while on a work trip to Hangzhou, we'll finally be able to make this dream come true.
说的是啊,我也一直想去西湖看看,《新白娘子传奇》台词都会背了,怎么也得去实地看看啊。不过在去之前,我们最好先做做功课。
shuōdeshì ā ,wǒ yě yīzhí xiǎngqù xīhú kàn kan ,《xīnbáiniángzichuánqí 》táicí dōuhuì bèi le ,zěnme yě děi qù shídì kàn kan ā 。bùguò zài qù zhīqián ,wǒmen zuì hǎo xiān zuòzuo gōngkè 。
You said it. I've always wanted to go to see the West Lake too. I can even recite the lines of "The Legend of White Snake", so I should really try to go to the actual place to have a look whatever I do. However, we should do a little homework before going.
我听说西湖景区早几年就被列入了联合国非物质文化遗产,最著名的就是传说中的西湖十景。
wǒ tīngshuō xīhú jǐngqū zǎo jǐnián jiù bèi lièrù le Liánhéguó fēiwùzhì wénhuà yíchǎn ,zuì zhùmíng de jiùshì chuánshuō zhōng de xīhúshíjǐng 。
I hear the West Lake scenic area was listed as a UNESCO site of intangible cultural heritage, the most famous thing about the area is the ten legendary scenes around the West Lake.
网上说的的西湖十景是苏堤春晓、曲院风荷、平湖秋月、断桥残雪、柳浪闻莺、花港观鱼、雷峰夕照、双峰插云、南屏晚钟、三潭印月。听起来好有文化的样子啊。
wǎngshàng shuōde de xīhúshíjǐng shì sūtí chūnxiǎo 、qǔyuàn fēnghé 、pínghú qiūyuè 、duànqiáo cánxuě 、liǔlàng wényīng 、huāgǎng guānyú 、léifēng xīzhào 、shuāngfēng chāyún 、nánpíng wǎnzhōng 、sāntán yìnyuè 。tīng qǐlai hǎo yǒu wénhuà de yàngzi ā 。
On the internet it says the ten legendary scenes are 'Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring', 'Lotuses in the Breeze at the Winery Garden', 'Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake', 'Lingering Snow at Broken Bridge', 'Orioles Singing amid the Billowing Willows', 'Observing Fish at Flower Pond', 'Leifeng Pagoda at Sunset', 'Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds', 'Hearing the Temple's Evening Bell Below Nanping Mountain' and 'Three Pools Mirroring the Moon'. It sounds so cultural.
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