I have been to many cities, walked on many streets
And seen many beautiful scenery, but my favorite is still the Green Lake in Kunming
Boasting a long history to witness the time changes,
The Green Lake is the “eye” of Kunming and more importantly the “soul” of Kunming People.
The Green Lake has witnessed the life of many generations in Kunming,
As the prosperous place in the past and present Kunming.
The Green Lake was connected with the Dianchi Lake thousands of years ago, which irrigated the land of Kunming and also nourished people of generations here. Every tile and every article in the old houses are telling the old story.
Yunnan Military Academy in the east of the Green Lake is a yellow old building, anything but ordinary. Yellow historic photos in the dark showroom arouse the memory about the past. The earth-shaking historic events seem happening again.
If the Green Lake is depicted as a painting, then it must be thick and heavy in colors. The Green Lake also reflects the humanistic spirit and history of Kunming. Many men of letters are fond of the Green Lake and choose to live here, and Lu Han’s Residence, Shiping Guild Hall, Former Residence of Yua Jiagu, Former Residence of Wang Jiuling… are just the best proof.
The National Southwest Associated University, Yunnan Military Academy, National Protection Uprise and Yunnan liberation, Wen Yiduo, Li Gongpu, Xiping Marquis Mu Ying and Wu Sangui…
Nourished by the Green Lake; scholars and military officers had breathtaking stories; we have no idea whether the Green Lake influenced them, or they changed the Green Lake.
The Green Lake has eight scenes, namely “the owls in trees in spring, moon scene in the fall, book reading from schools, lamp shadows in front of restaurants, horse washing in Liuying, fish appreciation in Lotus Temple, shade of the green poplar, rain appreciation near lotus pond’.
Now we have one more “black-headed gulls playing with water”. Black-headed gulls spend their winter in the Green Lake, play with water and fight for food, making the Green Lake more interesting.
Thanks for the lake, the gulls and people playing with gulls, Kunming looks like a coastal city although it has no sea.
“Without the Green Lake, Kunming is no longer itself anymore”, said Wang Zengqi. The Green Lake offers many spiritual comforts and convalesces to Kunming people.
The name of the Green Lake is absolutely appropriate, as the word “green” indicates its color evidently. In addition to green water, the lake is surrounded by ever-green trees and flowers, especially pretty many green willows, which are amazingly green in rainy days.
You will become completely relaxed when appreciating green scenes in the Green Lake. You will walk down slowly, and take a seat in the stone bench. Immersed in such beautiful scene, you will be well pleased.
The Green Lake is the miniature of Kunming City as well as the daily life of Kunming City.
You will probably get to know the true meaning of life in the Green Lake.
Some senior citizens have dances, or practice sword and boxing in the early morning every day at the side of the Green Lake, and they have some physical exercise calmly and peacefully in the morning mist. Do you want to have such an easy and comfortable life when you are at their age.
These painters, women playing Chinese zither, senior citizens playing chess or having dances are under the tree or pavilion, or in the square… Everyone is killing time in their own way. Do you want to play with something when you are not busy.
Young people who have jogging around the Green Lake every day, or take steps in the music in the early morning or at dusk… When you get up early in the morning, do you want to feel the dynamic Green Lake?
Every night, the restaurants and pubs with romantic atmospheres are the stage for love stories in Kunming. When you are here, do you want to “have some fun”.
This is the Green Lake, which is never lonely from early morning to nightfall.
Stories about the Green Lake are too many to be told.
The Green Lake is hustling and bustling, leisure, elegant and graceful, but it also has slow daily routines.
Having a glorious cultural history of thousands of years, the Green Lake is waiting for you quietly to appreciate its beauty…