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Enjoy Hangzhou scenery in ancient poems

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Yǐn hú shàng chū qíng hòu yǔ  

饮湖上初晴后雨 

Drinking at the Lake First in Sunny and then in Rainy Weather    


苏轼Sū Shì    

   

Shuǐ guāng liàn yàn qíng fāng hǎo , 

水光潋滟晴方好, 

The brimming waves delight the eye on sunny days;


shān sè kōng méng yǔ yì qí 。 

山色空濛雨亦奇。 

The dimming hills give a rare view in rainy haze.


Yù bǎ xīhú bǐ xīzǐ , 

欲把西湖比西子, 

The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best;


dàn zhuāng nóng mǒ zǒng xiāng yí.     

淡妆浓抹总相宜。     

Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dress.


Notes:  

1. This poem as composed in the 6th year of the Xining reign (1073)  

2. Xizi: Also known as Xishi, a beauty of Yue in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC)


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Xiǎo chū Jìngcísì sòng Lín Zǐfāng  

晓出净慈寺送林子方 

The Lakeside Temple at Dawn


杨万里 Yáng Wànlǐ  


Bìjìng xīhú liù yuè zhōng ,

毕竟西湖六月中,

The uncommon West Lake in the midst of sixth moon


fēngguāng bù yǔ sì shí tóng 。 

风光不与四时同。 

Displays a scenery to other months unknown.


Jiē tiān lián yè wúqióng bì , 

接天莲叶无穷碧, 

Green lotus leaves outspread as far as boundless sky;


yìng rì héhuā biéyàng hóng 。

映日荷花别样红。

Pink lotus blossoms take from sunshine a new dye.



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