Yanyulou Pavilion, built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and decorated with various stone carvings, steles and tablets, is an ideal place to appreciate the wonderful scenery of the lake. Yuehe Historic Street lies in the Northwestern part of the South Lake, boasting time-honored stores and shops, crisscrossing rivers and a characteristically slow lifestyle, reflecting the distinctive features of water towns in the south region of the Yangtze River. Qiyi Square is situated in the south of the lake, where the South Lake Revolutionary Memorial Hall is located.
The South Lake occupies a major place in history, as it witnessed the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1921 when the Chinese Communist Party was established. The South Lake has a shining spot in history and became an important landmark of the revolution in Modern China.
Surrounded by mountains and waters, the charming lake showcases enchanting scenery and cultural relics, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every year. In 2001, the South Lake Tourist Area was added into the key national cultural protection units by the State Council.
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