At the center of Hangzhou is the extremely scenic West Lake. Held in the embrace of hilly peaks on three sides, this watery paradise was a favorite imperial retreat over the centuries. Blessed with enchanting natural scenery and an enduring cultural legacy immortalized by a multitude of poems, calligraphy masterpieces and paintings, West Lake isdoubtlessly a national cultural icon and a representative of living cultural landscape.
Through the exploration of a variety of gardens and cultural sites surrounding West lake, this talk will reveal the living cultural landscape of West Lake underpinned by Chinese philosophy and aesthetics on the relationship between human beings and nature.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Li XinFang, Director, Cultural Relics Preservation & Archaeology Department of the Bureau ofCultural Relics of Zhejiang Province. Over the past 10 years, she has conducted extensive research on Chinese landscape cultures with a specific focus on West Lake.