West Lake has been known as Golden Buffalo Lake since ancient times. Legend goes that in the Han Dynasty (206BC – 220AD) there was a golden buffalo lying at the bottom of the lake. Whenever the lake dried up, the buffalo would emerge out and spewed water until it became full again. In order to win the emperor’s favor, local officials asked local people to lift the lake water by waterwheel. When the lake got dry, the buffalo turned up as expected. The water buffalo bellowed with anger, producing water, which drowned them all in no time. Since then, West Lake has never run dry, nor has the buffalo appeared again.
The message and description of the Golden Buffalo was taken from an informative plaque at the entrance of the lake.