Xixi National Wetland Park Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Hangzhou, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Xixi National Wetland Park is a new hot tourism spot in Hangzhou attracting tourists all over the world. Visitor can enjoy boating on the rivers, the flowers are beautiful and trees are shady. You can have a good break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tips: 1. As an ecological park, Xixi can […]

Xixi National Wetland Park is a new hot tourism spot in Hangzhou attracting tourists all over the world. Visitor can enjoy boating on the rivers, the flowers are beautiful and trees are shady. You can have a good break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tips: 1. As an ecological park, Xixi can only accept 3,000 tourists in a single day. Reservation is advised.

2. The land ways are complex and unsignposted. It’s easy to get lost. Be careful.

Best time to visit Xixi National Wetland Park

August to September, winter is not recommended.

The year-round temperature is 16.2oC–28.6oC in summer and 3.8oC in winter.

Xixi National Wetland Park best routes

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Xixi National Wetland Park tickets

April 1 – October 31

Open hour: 8:30-17:30 (no ticket after 16:30)

November 1 – May 31

Open hour: 8:30-17:00 (no ticket after 16:00)

Entrance ticket: 80 Yuan

Electromotor: 5 Yuan

Elektroboat: 60 Yuan

Full access ticket: 145 Yuan

Half price: children between 1.1m to 1.4m

Free for children under 1.1m

How to get to Xixi National Wetland Park

1、      Bus 310, get off at Zhoujia Village Station

2、      Bus K506: Wulin North Gate—Zhoujia Village—Yuhang

3、 Bus K193: Huanglong Tourists Terminal—Xixi National Wetland Park—Shima

4、      Bus Y13: Lingyin—Xixi

Tourism Bus 1: Huanglong Tourists Terminal—Xixi National Wetland Park

Xixi National Wetland Park

On September 8, 2011, in Hangzhou, Lakes, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Xixi National Swamp Park located 5km away from the famous West Lake is a rare urban wetland. Xixi National Wetland Park covers 10.08km2 of which 3.46km2 opens to public. The walking trails are 8km in total which takes 3 hour or so to cover the entire park. Water is the soul of Xixi. 70% of […]

Xixi National Swamp Park located 5km away from the famous West Lake is a rare urban wetland. Xixi National Wetland Park covers 10.08km2 of which 3.46km2 opens to public. The walking trails are 8km in total which takes 3 hour or so to cover the entire park.

Water is the soul of Xixi. 70% of the Park is aqua area. It is crisscrossed with six main watercourses, among which scatter various ponds, lakes and swamps.

The Wetland is a self-severing ecological system which is divided into three reserves—Feijia Pond, Xialong Shoal and Chaotianmu Pond. Around the entrance of the park laid a showroom of the swamp eco system. Xixi is also a paradise of various kinds of birds. There are special spots dedicated to observe birds in a distance.

Xixi has long been land of reclusion. Qiu Xue Hut, Bo Hut, Meizhu Mansion, Xixi Mansion have been shelters of many literati to live a private life from the hustle and bustle in the past centuries. Thus many poems and prose were created here. The opera stage under the camphor tree is a historical relic for the north school of Shaoxing Opera made their debut on it.

The Dagon Boat Contest is another cultural event held on Dragon Boat Festival. The Contest is different from traditional ones for it do show while racing. Visitors can gain real tastes through observing the daily life of the villagers which center around mulberry, silkworm and silk.

Xixi National Wetland Park Attrctions

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Xixi National Wetland Park Must See Attractions

1.   Plum blossom

Hangzhou has long been famous for its plum blossoms. Xixi along with Lingfeng Mountain and Gushan Mountain is labeled as three famous spots to appreciate plum blossoms. In the Qing Dynasty Xixi’s plum blossom is considered as one of the 18 attractions of West Lake. According to a West Lake Records: the blossoms are like snow drifting from the branches when people come near in a boat. Nowadays, except the on water, visitors can also see them in the plum valley in the southwest of the park. Here plum and apricot are in full bloom, which makes here like a pink paradise.

2. Shiping Bridge

Since 70% of Xixi is water, bridges are necessary and indispensible here. There stand many ancient bridges like Wenyun Bridge (ask the clouds), Dexian Bridge (Be a god), Yingchun Bridge (Greetings of spring). Almost every bridge has its story, but some of them crushed. Nowadays visitors can find stone bridges with three giant holes everywhere. They are flat with no rails on the side or very low ones. Stories hold that they were built in Qing Dynasty by a stonemason named Zhang Daixan. This type of bridges cost less, easier to walk on and saves the trouble of bumping all around when passengers picking poles.

3. Go picnic in Xixi

Xixi has been the spring outing destination of Hangzhou citizens. Xixi in spring is lushly green with full blooms of various kinds of flowers. Rowing a boat on the river is another recreation for visitors. Going a picnic in the fresh air on the shore of a river is divine.

4. Stall tea

Xixi is also famous for its tea which is served in huge bowls which tastes sweet. Only one Yuan for a bowl.

The West Lake in Hangzhou Travel Tips

On September 7, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Hangzhou, Lakes, Mountain Areas, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The West Lake Ticket: Lingyin Temple: RMB 30 Feilaifeng Mountain: RMB 35 Yuemiao Temple: RMB 25 Liuhe Pagoda: RMB 20 Hupao: RMB 15 Guozhuang Village: RMB 10 Santan Yinyue: RMB 20 Yuhuang Mountain: RMB 10 Leifeng Xizhao: RMB 40 Sudi Chunxiao: free of charge Quyuan Fenghe: free of charge Pinghu Qiuyue: free of charge How […]

The West Lake Ticket:

Lingyin Temple: RMB 30

Feilaifeng Mountain: RMB 35

Yuemiao Temple: RMB 25

Liuhe Pagoda: RMB 20

Hupao: RMB 15

Guozhuang Village: RMB 10

Santan Yinyue: RMB 20

Yuhuang Mountain: RMB 10

Leifeng Xizhao: RMB 40

Sudi Chunxiao: free of charge

Quyuan Fenghe: free of charge

Pinghu Qiuyue: free of charge

How to get to the West Lake:

Sudi: take bus 507, 504, K4, You-2, get off at Sudi Station.

Quyuan Fenghe: take bus 507, 538, 15, get off at Quyuan Fenghe Station.

Pinghu Qiuyue: take bus 27 or 7, get off at Yuefen Station.

Duanqiao: take bus K7, get off at Duanqiao Canxue Station.

Liulang Wenying: take bus K4 or 38, get off at Qingbomen Station.

Huanggang Guanyu Park: take bus K4, 538, K599, get off at Sudi Station.

Leifeng Tower: take bus K4, You-1, get off at Jingsi Station.

Shuangfeng Chayun: take bus 507, You-2, get off at Hongchunqiao Station.

Yunxi Zhujing: take bus 27, 508, get off at Longjingcun Station.

Manlong Guiyu: take bus K4, get off at Zoo Station.

Hupao: take bus K4, 538, K599, get off at Hupao Station.

Longjing Wencha: take bus 27, 508, get off at Longjingcun Station.

Jiuxi Yanshu: take bus K4, 27, 308, 504, You-5, Jiari-5.

Wushan Mountain: take bus 35, 38, 40, get off at Wushan Guangchang Station.

Huanglong Cave: take bus 16, 21, 23, 28, K599, get off at Huanglong Cave Station.

Yuhuang Mountain: take bus You-3, get off at Yuhuang Station.

Baoshi Mountain: take bus K7, You-2, 27, get off at Geling Station.

Sudi Chunxiao

On September 7, 2011, in Hangzhou, Lakes, More Cities, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Sudi Chunxiao, meaning “Sudi Dam in spring”, is the top of the Ten Sights of the West Lake. Sudi Dam is a three-kilometer long dam that connects the southern and the northern scenic spots. The dam is 36 metres wide. In the Song Dynasty, Sushi, a very prominent Chinese poet, was appointed the governor of […]

Sudi Chunxiao, meaning “Sudi Dam in spring”, is the top of the Ten Sights of the West Lake. Sudi Dam is a three-kilometer long dam that connects the southern and the northern scenic spots. The dam is 36 metres wide. In the Song Dynasty, Sushi, a very prominent Chinese poet, was appointed the governor of Hangzhou. He ordered to dredge the West Lake and build the dam with the lake sludge. Later people named the dam after Sushi in honour of his contribution to the local area.

The dam is lined with trees and flowers such as willows and peach trees. In spring the trees are full of green shoots and the flowers are in blossom, and it is very refreshing to walk along the dam. There are also six beautifully shaped single-arch bridges on the dam. To the south of Wangshan Bridge you can see a pavilion that holds the plaque with Kangxi Emperor’s writing “Sudi Chunxiao” on it. After 1949, the six bridges were strengthened and expanded. The railings are made of Qingtian stone engraved with ethnic patterns. Walking on the bridges, you will get the perfect views of the lake and the surrounding mountains from different angles. If you want to watch sunrise on the lake, Dongpu Bridge is the best place. And if you walk on Kuahong Bridge after it rains you may see a beautiful rainbow spanning the lake with the rest of the picture gilded with sunlight.

The West Lake in Hangzhou

Quyuan Fenghe

On September 7, 2011, in Hangzhou, Lakes, Parks & Gardens, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Quyuan Fenghe means “the lotuses in Quyuan Yard”. It is at the place where Jishajian River flows into the West Lake. In the Southern Song Dynasty there used to be a royal wine distillery where there was a pond. The people working in the distillery raised lotuses in the pond. In summer, the scent of […]

Quyuan Fenghe means “the lotuses in Quyuan Yard”. It is at the place where Jishajian River flows into the West Lake. In the Southern Song Dynasty there used to be a royal wine distillery where there was a pond. The people working in the distillery raised lotuses in the pond. In summer, the scent of the lotuses and the fragrance of the wine got mixed and wafted around. Passers-by smelled it and got drunk without even tasting the wine. Afterwards, the distillery fell into ruin. In the Qing Dynasty, when Emperor Kangxi went to the south of the country for a visit, he arrived in Hangzhou and ordered to have the site of the distillery removed to the Sudi Dam. He wrote “Quyuan Fenghe”, and the characters were inscribed in a plaque which was put up in a pavilion there.

The old Quyuan Yard was small: it consisted of only one stele, one pavilion and covered only 300 square metres. After the expansion, the now Quyuan Yard extends about a mile across to include 70 acres, and it is the largest park in the West Lake area. It is divided into five sections: Yuehu Lake, Zhusu Garden, Fenghe, Quyuan, and Hubin Forest. On its east there is Yuehu Lake, on its south Guozhuang Village, and on its north Zhusu Park, Botanic Garden, and Yuefei Tomb Temple. Fenghe is the most beautiful section of Quyuan Yard. There you can see on the calm water surface all kinds of lotuses: red lotus, white lotus, Chongtai lotus, Sajin Lotus, Bingti lotus, etc.

The West Lake in Hangzhou

How to find the perfect present at the Beijing markets

On September 7, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, by Jack Li

      When you travel to Beijing, the markets are the perfect opportunity to get some little knick-knacks to take back home to your friends and family. However, amid the choice you have to sort out the winners from the binners.  Markets are located everywhere in the city and just a short walk away from a subway station and are highly […]

 

 

 

When you travel to Beijing, the markets are the perfect opportunity to get some little knick-knacks to take back home to your friends and family. However, amid the choice you have to sort out the winners from the binners.  Markets are located everywhere in the city and just a short walk away from a subway station and are highly recommended for any Beijing Tour.

 

 

Tips & Tricks

Be thorough: Before you start haggling for a product, triple check the product you are looking to buy: Does the bag have a detachable handle? Is the zip secure? Are there any marks? Are there any holes? etc etc.

Shop around: If you see similar products at other stalls, inquire at the quietest stall. A busier stall will mean that the sellers will be less likely to reduce the price. On inquiring about a bracelet at a busy stall, I was offered 180RMB and the seller would not go any lower. Having walked away and went to a quieter stall, I found the exact same bracelet and got it for 25RMB.

Lighter test: If you are ever buying what you think are leather goods, ask for a lighter and preform the leather lighter test. The obvious answer to whether the leather is fake or not is whether the seller will let you do it or not. Just to double check, slowly bring the flame to the product (preferably at the back or at the corner) and move it in a straight line. If the leather is real it will not leave a mark. If it is fake, it will burn.

Be patient: Getting a real good deal on the product will take some time, from my experience it can take anything from 5 to 20minutes to get the ideal price. From own experience, I have managed to haggle a coat down from 4000RMB (£400) to 200RMB (£20) by sticking to my price and only moving the price up in small steps and not very often.

Walk away: Walking away is one of the hardest but one the best things to do whilst you are haggling for a better price. You will always get the seller shouting “hey lady/mister!” at you or going to grab your arm to bring you back to the stall and offering you a lower price. They will come out with all sort of elaborate phrases like “Ahhh! Lady! I make no money! You make me poor!” but match them with their obscenities. My personal favourite is “I am a poor student!”

Group deals: If you are in a group, try to get the price lower by asking for a “group deal”. This has worked for me on many occasions were I can get the price even lower if there are 2 or 3 of your friends buying similar products from the same stall.

 

Market shopping and haggling is an enjoyable experience that Westerners are not used to. Just a short walk away from your Beijing Hotel, you will find some small market stalls. The most established markets (like the Silk Market and Yashow) are on 6 floors and similar to a department store. Just make sure that you are getting the best possible quality to avoid disappointment!

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Pinghu Qiuyue

On September 7, 2011, in Hangzhou, Lakes, More Cities, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

Pinghu Qiuyue, literally “the autumnal moon over the calm West Lake”, is one of the ten most famous sights in the West Lake scenic spot. The West Lake is most beautiful and poetic on a moonlit night. The scene is beside the West Lake on the south of Gushan Mountain and on the west of […]

Pinghu Qiuyue, literally “the autumnal moon over the calm West Lake”, is one of the ten most famous sights in the West Lake scenic spot. The West Lake is most beautiful and poetic on a moonlit night. The scene is beside the West Lake on the south of Gushan Mountain and on the west of Dam Baidi. You can climb up the tower and watch the lake. If you happen to be moody, the beautiful sight will immediately calm you down. Many poets and painters have expressed their love of Pinghu Qiuyue through their works. There are even songs about it too.

The site of Pinghu Qiuyue was officially established after the 38th year of Kangxi. The Longwang Hall was changed into Yushu Hall, and a hanging platform with banisters was built in front of the hall with waterside houses around it. Emperor Kangxi wrote the characters “Pinghu Qiuyue” on a board and you can see it hung in the hall. After 1949, the site of Pinghu Qiuyue was repeatedly renovated and expanded to include a narrow strip of lakeside garden with trees and flowers of all the four seasons. Among them there are decorative pavilions dotted here and there; you may take some tea there while enjoying the garden scenes.

The West Lake in Hangzhou

Nanping Wanzhong

On September 7, 2011, in Hangzhou, Lakes, Mountain Areas, Temples, by Jack Li

Nanping Wanzhong literally means “the Chiming of the Nanping Mountain”. Nanping Mountain is situated to the south of the West Lake. The main height of the Nanping Mountain is only several hundred metres high but the mountain range goes on for thousands of metres; it is covered in forests, and the cliffs are steep and […]

Nanping Wanzhong literally means “the Chiming of the Nanping Mountain”. Nanping Mountain is situated to the south of the West Lake. The main height of the Nanping Mountain is only several hundred metres high but the mountain range goes on for thousands of metres; it is covered in forests, and the cliffs are steep and look like a stone screen, hence its name, Nanping, meaing “the screen to the south”. At the bottom of the mountain there is the Jingci Temple where the chiming comes from. At dust, you can hear the beautiful chimes coming from Jingci Temple at the bottom of the mountain.

The Nanping Mountain is famous for the boulders and rocks of different sizes and shapes, dangerous cliffs and deep caves. The forest is mainly made up of pine and oak. In the old times the mountain was dotted with Buddhist temples and therefore was called “the mountain of the realm of Buddhism”. Now most of the temples have been ruined but you can still find many Buddhist inscriptions left in the mountain.

On the east side of the path outside the back door of Jingci Temple there is the Tower of the Jichan Master, reputedly the founder of the Japanese Caodongzong denomination. Now you may still see Caodongzong believers coming to worship the tower.

To the west of the path there is a dense forest of numerous caves and rocks hidden under the grass. Stepping inside the forest you will get the feeling that you have gone back to the ancient times.

The West Lake in Hangzhou

Ultimate Iphone Apps for your trip to China: Part One

On September 7, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

For your upcoming China tour or holiday, you might be interested in some of the most useful Iphone Apps for your trip. China Travel can be daunting and might be confusing in the beginning, but don’t fret as There’s An App For That!   DianHua Dictionary (free) DianHua is an online Chinese to English dictionary […]

For your upcoming China tour or holiday, you might be interested in some of the most useful Iphone Apps for your trip. China Travel can be daunting and might be confusing in the beginning, but don’t fret as There’s An App For That!

 

DianHua Dictionary (free)

DianHua is an online Chinese to English dictionary application using CC-CEDICT and provides support for both Traditional and Simplified characters, alongside English and Mandarin Pinyin. You are also able to search by drawing characters, and can include or omit the tones. The application has copy and paste support and will also store your previously searched words allowing you to make flashcards for future use. You can also bookmark phrases and words together under categories to make it easier to find and memorise them.

 

There is also a separate number section allowing you to convert numbers and listen to them orally with the audio playback feature. If you wish to learn characters there is an enlarged view of both Traditional and Simplified characters available allowing you to study and trace over them with the stylus.

 


Additionally there is a feature to create your own flashcards using words you have been learning, and you can combine this with the writing feature. Both of these elements will tell you how well you are doing and there will be a percentage on display on screen to mark your progress.

 

Other available dictionary software applications include Qingwen, KTdict and Pleco.

 

XE Currency (free)

A simple yet vital application is XE Currency Convertor. You can convert the Chinese Renminbi into any other world currency with the click of a button, including multiple currencies at once. With an internet connection you will get a live current exchange rate result, but the app is also available offline to use as it stores data enabling you to view the previously loaded exchange rate.

 

Whats App (0.69p)

This application is ideal for those travelling anywhere outside of their home country, especially if you do not wish to be charged the extortionate fees for international text messaging. With an internet connection (or 3G signal) you can send unlimited text and picture messages to your automatically imported contact list, and it is also compatible with Android, Nokia and Blackberry phones enabling you to keep contact with friends and family who don’t use an Iphone.

 

You can also send audio files and video messages, and the recent update includes a group chat feature enabling you to talk to multiple contacts in one conversation.

 

Doodle Chinese (free)

From the makers of Doodle Jump comes Doodle Chinese, a fun animated style application to make picking up Mandarin phrases more enjoyable! Suitable for all ages the app builds up your language skills from basic words to scenario conversations. Quizzes and game based practices help you to memorise what you have understood.

 

Doodle Chinese uses a Native Chinese Speaker for all audio phrases, and comes with Pinyin and English translation for every phrase. You are able to switch between Pinyin and Chinese Characters whenever you wish, and can share your progress with your friends online.

 

Check back for Part Two of the Ultimate Iphone Apps for China travel!

 

Duanqiao Canxue

On September 7, 2011, in Cool Places, Hangzhou, Lakes, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Duanqiao Canxue, meaning “the broken bridge in the snow”, is a very famous sight of the West Lake. Duanqiao, the broken bridge, is on the eastern end of the Dam Baidi and faces the city of Hangzhou. After it has snowed and you stand on Baoshi Mountain and look to the south, the West Lake […]

Duanqiao Canxue, meaning “the broken bridge in the snow”, is a very famous sight of the West Lake. Duanqiao, the broken bridge, is on the eastern end of the Dam Baidi and faces the city of Hangzhou. After it has snowed and you stand on Baoshi Mountain and look to the south, the West Lake is all silver and the bridge looks very vague. As the snow starts to melt in the sun, stretches of grey bridge appear in the snow, and from a distance it looks as if the bridge was broken. So it is called “Duanqiao”.

According to Chinese legend, Duanqiao is the meeting place of Xuxian and Bainiangzi, a very romantic couple. This makes it the most famous one of all the bridges on the West Lake. Because of this, many lovers or couples like to come to the Broken Bridge to celebrate their love.

The West Lake in Hangzhou

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