The Skies Have Heaven, And The Earth Has Suzhou And Hangzhou

The Skies Have Heaven, And The Earth Has Suzhou And Hangzhou
 Canal leading to West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canal leading to West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

That line, is that of an old Chinese saying, "上有天堂, 下有苏杭" (Shang you tian tang, xia you su hang). Marco Polo, the first Westerner to visit Hangzhou, later wrote that it was the most magnificent and beautiful city in the world. And indeed, it is truly a beautiful place with a beautiful setting.

When I see a photo like this, a sense of calm comes over me. Remembering my visit to West Lake in Hangzhou though, I don't know if calm is the word I would use to describe it. It was, rather pleasant and peaceful to visit though. A number of (primarily Chinese) visitors at the lake that day. Just people wishing to enjoy some of the splendid greenery and water.

It's easy to get wrapped up in the moment, snapping photos and not enjoying the moment for what its worth. Nowadays, I find myself sometimes putting my camera down, and marveling at the scenery and nature for what it is. Something to be imprinted in my mind as a wonderful memory.