The West Lake

On sunny days, ripple of sparkles dances across the lake

In drizzling rains, misty sprays drape the hill half in vague

Bringing to mind that legendary beauty

Plain or rich makeup both work fairly

~ Translated from Su Shi’s poem written in the Song dynasty, “A Toast To The Lake: Shine Or Rain.”

水光潋滟晴方好,山色空蒙雨亦奇。
欲把西湖比西子,淡妆浓抹总相宜。

~ 蘇軾 (宋代) <<飲湖上初晴後雨>>