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Total Eclipse of Hangzhou  

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For centuries, Hangzhou's West Lake has been celebrated as an idyllic location for the enchanting Chinese custom of 'moon-viewing,' inspiring countless poets and artists to set out to capture the serene beauty of the waters and the surrounding hills.

Albeit far less serene these days (it's one of China's most popular tourist destinations), Hangzhou proved to be an appropriate locale for watching the shadow of the moon's disc block out the sun on Wednesday morning. The city, about 120 miles (180 kilometers) southwest of Shanghai, was well situated on narrow path of the eclipse that made its way across a broad swathe of Asia, probably making it the most-viewed eclipse in history.

The morning sky was overcast, yet spectators began taking their positions around West Lake by 7a.m. for a total eclipse that was scheduled to start shortly after 9:30 a.m.. Especially prized were several curved bridges surrounded by lotus paddies, offering unobstructed views of the sun, lake and pagoda-topped hills.

On the terrace of the Hyatt Regency hotel overlooking the lake, affluent visitors from Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and around the mainland mingled with hotel staff to take in the slowly receding sunlight and watch the shrinking disc of the sun through flimsy eclipse-viewing glasses, telescopes and specially equipped cameras. Occasionally, the sun was obscured by clouds. But as the sun's disk grew visibly smaller, the clouds progressively dissolved. When the skies suddenly darkened at 9:34a.m, the total eclipse was fully visible. From around the lake came cheers, applause and flashing cameras, followed by several minutes of quiet reflection in the darkness. Then, just as quickly as it went dark, a sliver of sun shone out from behind the moon, brightening the sky at once.

Within a couple of hours, heavy clouds had blanketed the Hangzhou area again.

Sky Canaves

 

百年来,杭州西湖一直是中国传统的风雅乐事“赏月”的胜地,激发了无数诗人和艺术家的灵感,去捕捉湖面以及周围的山峦那种静谧之美。

Sky Canaves
西湖上的游船



虽然早已远不复以前的宁静(它是中国最受欢迎的旅游目的地之一),但杭州还是观看周三上午的日全食的理想地点。位于上海西南180公里处的杭州刚好位于狭窄的日食带之内,这次日食经过了亚洲很大一部分地区,可能是史上观测人数最多的日食。

Sky Canaves
对许多人来说,一辈子只有这么一次机会观看日全食



早晨的天空阴云密布,然而观测者们早上7点就已经在西湖边占好了位置,而日全食要过了9点30才开始。最佳位置是几座被荷塘围绕的拱桥,可以一览无余地看到太阳、湖面和顶上建着宝塔的山丘。

Sky Canaves
最后一丝日芽




Sky Canaves
日全食出现,天空一片黑暗



在几个小时内,厚厚的云层再度盖住了杭州地区的天空。

Sky Canaves



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