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As the name suggests, this is a prime place for admiring lotus flowers. And while the summer blooms have not yet arrived, the area nestled at the northwest of the lake is full of green spring growth and that's still worth a look.
One of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and was named by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty.
Since 1980, it has been reconstructed and expanded several times and now spreads over 28.3 hectares. Today, it contains four lotus display areas, including Guyi Garden, where visitors can view the giant king lotus variety and read poems about the beautiful aquatic flowers.
Even without the lotus blooms, walking over the traditional wooden and stone bridges and taking a break in tradition pavilions makes for a pleasant excursion. In summer, the area is filled with elegant color, with pink, white and red lotus varieties, plus unusual varieties such as Bingdilian, which is characterized by two flowers on a single stalk.