July 19, 2024

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Impression West Lake, a harmonious blend of culture and nature

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Dancers perform along with the classic Chinese tune “Jasmine Flower” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Dancers perform along with the classic Chinese tune “Jasmine Flower” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

A dance depicting tea-picking is staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province during the

A dance depicting tea-picking is staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show. /CGTN

A dance depicting tea-picking is staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show. /CGTN

An act from the

An act from the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show features a section from the classic Yue Opera “The Butterfly Lovers” staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. It recounts the story of two young lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, and is often referred to as the Chinese “Romeo and Juliet.” /CGTN

An act from the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show features a section from the classic Yue Opera “The Butterfly Lovers” staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. It recounts the story of two young lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, and is often referred to as the Chinese “Romeo and Juliet.” /CGTN

Dancers perform at the

Dancers perform at the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Dancers perform at the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Dancers perform along with the Chinese music masterpiece

Dancers perform along with the Chinese music masterpiece “Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Dancers perform along with the Chinese music masterpiece “Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

A new version of the ballet

A new version of the ballet “Swan Lake” featuring both real and digitally recreated dancers is staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show. /CGTN

A new version of the ballet “Swan Lake” featuring both real and digitally recreated dancers is staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show. /CGTN

Dancers perform along with Beethoven's

Dancers perform along with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Dancers perform along with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” during the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Audience members watch fireworks during the finale of the

Audience members watch fireworks during the finale of the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Audience members watch fireworks during the finale of the “Impression West Lake – Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show staged on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. /CGTN

Staged on the famous West Lake, the Impression West Lake show has become one of the must-see attractions for many visitors to Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

Using the lake and its surroundings as its backdrop, this evening show blends typical cultural elements of the West Lake to offer a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics to audiences.

Created by renowned Chinese film director Zhang Yimou and premiered in 2007, the show is based on classical Hangzhou folklore and mythology. A new version, “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou,” was launched in 2016 during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.

The new show combines art forms from both the East and the West, featuring such classic Chinese musical pieces as “Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water” and “Jasmine Flower,” alongside Tchaikovsky’s world famous ballet “Swan Lake” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

The artists perform on a floating stage set slightly below the surface of the lake, making it appear as if they were treading on water. With its combination of natural backdrop and cutting-edge technology, the show extends a varied and captivating visual appeal to the audience in time with the changing scenery.

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