Shoreline park begins near the Leifeng Pagoda
On one small bridge, multiple wedding parties wait their turn for pictures with beautiful views of West Lake and the Leifeng Pagoda behind them.
Queuing up for wedding photos on the bridge
The streams and landscaping inside the park with the views of West Lake close by complement each other for a beautiful park area, full of people, particularly school groups, many of whom have previously visited the historical sites.
Views looking into and out of the park
School groups at rest on the shore
Scattered through the park are old and new sculptures, including a statue of Qian Liu (852-932), who established the Wuyue Kingdom with the policy of "guarding the border and keeping the people at rest." Under his rule, Hangzhou became the most prosperous city in southeast China.
Less serious sculptures
As I get closer to the city center, I find more walkways through the water, tour boats, and people dancing, playing instruments, and singing throughout the park.
Walkways through/along the lake
Tour boats slowly cruising the lake
Music, song, and dance in the park
Along the way, I run across an 1892 map of Hangzhou on the ground for people to walk on and study. The map is carved in granite at a scale of 1:400, with a detailed view of the city's walls and gates, rivers and ponds, bridges, streets and lanes, government offices, institutes of learning, temples and monasteries, pavilions and towers, and some of the hills and ridges.
Map of Hangzhou
As I reach the corner of the park close to where I began my walk around West Lake, I run across a memorial to the 1,421 Chinese soldiers who died in 1932 when the 87th and 88th divisions of the National Revolutionary Army in Zhejiang rushed to Shanghai to help (successfully) defend Shanghai from the Japanese in the "Shanghai Incident", a skirmish preceding the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.
Shanghai Incident memorial