Three Pools Mirroring the Moon
The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is the largest of three fairy islets in the Outer Lake of West Lake. The three pools surrounding the three pagodas create a beautiful scene during Mid-autumn Festival evenings. The islet offers the best place to enjoy a beautiful full moon at the mid lake.
The three gourd-shaped stone pagodas jut about two meters above the water. They form an equilateral triangle with each side sixty-two meters in length. They are all hollow and each of them has five equally shaped small round holes on their bodies. During the night of Mid-autumn Festival, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, local people love to ride boats there, put a lit candle into each of the pagodas and seal the holes with thin white paper. The candlelight reflected on the water surface resembles the reflection of the moon. Near the three pagodas you may find fifteen candles that reflect onto the water’s surface like tiny moons, along side the actual moon.
The soft glow of candles and the shimmering lake together create a serene and enchanting scene for many visitors.
Chinese name：Santan Yin Yue
District：West Lake Scenic Area
Ticket：45 yuan（boat rent included）