Su Shih’s West Lake poem at Apple Store

A Drink at West Lake, Sun and Rain

Water ripples glimmering in the sun, just perfect.
Mountain hues in clear veil of misty rain, spectacular too.
Should we take West Lake as Beauty West,
Fair, light or heavy cosmetics alike.

(City Hermit’s translation)

Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in ‘About the Artist’ video

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

Two days ago, Apple took the wraps off its latest retail outlet in Hangzhou, China, tearing down protective barriers bearing original artwork commissioned from noted calligrapher Wang Dongling. To commemorate the event, a video was created showing a behind the scenes look at Wang’s work.

Apple has since translated the short feature and uploaded the results to its official YouTube channel under the title “Apple Store, West Lake – About the Artist.” Wang discusses Hangzhou and the West Lake region, explaining that the 2000-year-old poem “Praising West Lake in the Rain” was a perfect fit for the project.

The poem reads:

Shimmering water on sunny days
Blurred mountains through rainy haze
West Lake is like the beauty, Xizi
With light or heavy makeup, always beautiful

According to Wang, Hangzhou combines both traditional Chinese culture with a modern cityscape open to new ideas.

“To have a West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou, it will also add another highlight to the city,” Wang said.

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