Picture of Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is a beautiful islet in West Lake…

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is a beautiful islet in West Lake. It is named as "Lesser Yingzhou" which means the "Fairy Islet". Among the three islets in the West Lake, the Lesser Yingzhou is the biggest and most beautiful one. And it is recommended as "The best scenic spot in West Lake". The islet covers an area of 7 hectares including the water surface and features "a lake within an island and an island within a lake". The wonderful garden design made this islet very unique among the ten top views. This island was built in 1607 with dredges from the lake to create a lake within a lake initially. Afterwards, three small gourd-shaped pagodas were built in the south lake of the islet called "three pools". The three miniature stone pagodas rising from the water are two meters in height respectively, and were first built in Yuanyou in the fourth year of the Song Dynasty (1089) on the bank of the lake…