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

Not available

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

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

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

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

Folk Custom Museum in Southern China

On September 6, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Cultural Experience, Hangzhou, Museums, by Jack Li

The wealthiest family in Dongzha was the Jin Family. Nowadays their residences become the vivid record of the life in southern China. In the museum you can see different folk customs about birthdays, marriage, spring festivals and so on in Wuzhen from the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic. Elegant wax statues played the dramas […]

The wealthiest family in Dongzha was the Jin Family. Nowadays their residences become the vivid record of the life in southern China. In the museum you can see different folk customs about birthdays, marriage, spring festivals and so on in Wuzhen from the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic. Elegant wax statues played the dramas about the daily life in Wuzhen. From that you can feel people’s best wishes to life. In the clothes custom hall, it used relics, wax statues and pictures to show what and how people wear one hundred years ago. The clothing combined Chinese traditional style and western style. It could be seen as an epitome of history. The festivals hall introduces the various activities people would do in different festivals in detail. For example, in Lantern Festival, people would across bridges; in Double Nine Festival, people would climb mountains. In the marriage custom hall, it showed the marriage ceremony and the whole process of getting married in ancient China. In birthday custom hall, the theme is the celebration of older peoples’ birthdays. The objects should be prepared for birthday parties are displayed in the hall. It showed the Chinese tradition to respect the elderly.

Wuzhen

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One Hundred Beds Museum in Southern China

On September 6, 2011, in Hangzhou, Historical Relics, Museums, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

One Hundred Beds Museum is the first museum in China which specializes in collecting and displaying old beds.  Located in the 210 east street, the museum is also known as “Zhao’s Hall”.  Covering an area of 1200sqm, it collects tens of the essence works of old beds in southern China from Ming, Qing dynasty and […]

One Hundred Beds Museum is the first museum in China which specializes in collecting and displaying old beds.  Located in the 210 east street, the museum is also known as “Zhao’s Hall”.  Covering an area of 1200sqm, it collects tens of the essence works of old beds in southern China from Ming, Qing dynasty and modern times.  Moreover, it has a large collection of various beds.  As a museum which gathers the great achievements of Chinese bed’s culture, it contains not only merchant princes’ luxurious beds, but also the common people’s simple and unsophisticated beds.

The first exhibition hall in the museum displays a canopy bed from Ming dynasty, which is in a shape of a clubfoot.  Simple modeling, balanced proportion and smooth lines reflect the vivid cultural style.  The designers paid much attention to making good use of hardwood’s natural color and veins.  As a result, the bed resembles nature itself without too much painstaking carving.  The second hall displays a batch of Babu Qiangong (One thousand workers) beds.  These beds with excellent material quality and craftsmanship are recognized as the essence of wooden bed.  A bed made in Qing dynasty which has a length 217cm, a width of 366cm and a height of 292cm, lasted 3 years.  Finished by 1000 workers, it was named as “Qiangong” (one thousand workers) Bed.   It is easy to imagine how luxurious and exquisite the bed is.  Now the bed is commended as the “Greatest Treasure of the Museum”.  As the great achievements of broad and profound Chinese culture, all of the beds in this museum are good reflections of Chinese working people’s excellent handicraft art.  Compared with counting how many beds are displayed in the museum, experiencing their historical contents is more important and meaningful when you visit the One Hundred Beds Museum in southern China.

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Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen

The original Wuzhen refers to the Dongzha View Spot. Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen was opened to public after some repairs. You have to take boat into the Xizha View Spot. Harmony is the most appropriate word to describe Xizha. Xizha consists of 12 islands, and over 70 bridges connect these islands together. The number […]

The original Wuzhen refers to the Dongzha View Spot. Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen was opened to public after some repairs. You have to take boat into the Xizha View Spot. Harmony is the most appropriate word to describe Xizha. Xizha consists of 12 islands, and over 70 bridges connect these islands together. The number of rivers and stone bridges in Wuzhen is the highest across the nation. The most beautiful bridge scenery in Wuzhen is called ‘Bridge in Bridge’. As Tongji Bridge connects to Renji Bridge at right angles, through one bridge’s arch you can see the other bridge. That’s the reason why the scenery is called as ‘Bridge in Bridge’.

In Xizha you can find many handcrafts. The first thing is the handmade soy sauce which is the key point that made local dishes taste so delicious. The handmade soy sauce is very cheap. One bottle of it only costs 10 Yuan. The second thing is handmade iron pot. The pots which priced 99 Yuan are the most popular ones, as 99 sounds like permanence in Chinese. The third thing is silk. The Yida Silk Workshop founded in the first years during the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty. Visitors can operate the old silk machine by themselves.

There are various night activities in Xizha. For example, you can drink beer and listen to operas; put lotuses lanterns in the water in memory of your relatives; take pictures and so on. In ancient times, women got together after they dressed up, carrying a pot which was used to boil Chinese traditional medicine. When they passed a bridge, they would throw the pot into water. They thought this action can protect them from disease. Nowadays people do not do that anymore. In festivals people cross the bridge, carrying lanterns instead of throwing pots.

Hotels and inns in Xizha are very special. The outsides of these buildings belong to the Ming and Qing Dynasties architectures, while the insides are equipped with air conditions, natural gas, broadband network, satellite TV and so on. It is a harmony between ancient and modern. Xizha also has bars, spas such modern recreation.

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Santan Island

On September 6, 2011, in Accomodation, Activities, Hangzhou, Islands, by Jack Li

Covering an area of 0.7sqm, containing a village relic spot, an animal entertainment district and a special food court, Santan Island is open to the public in 2001.  Travelling around Santan Island, you can appreciate live show of root carving in the village relic spot, music made by stones, tea performance and other folk shows.  […]

Covering an area of 0.7sqm, containing a village relic spot, an animal entertainment district and a special food court, Santan Island is open to the public in 2001.  Travelling around Santan Island, you can appreciate live show of root carving in the village relic spot, music made by stones, tea performance and other folk shows.  Inside the Wanggui (Forget to leave) Garden, there are 30 standard rooms using as accommodation, lounge and meeting room.  Moreover, attractions such as Sturgeon Pavilion, Snake Park, Boar Forest and more are all worthy of visiting.   Activities such as experiencing fork art, playing with animals and fishing in the lake help you recall the beauties of your childhood.  The special food court with an area of more than 800sqm is specialized in local food.  Battery cars on the island make you trip more comfortable and easier.  In a word, you can enjoy one package service, including eating, drinking and playing.

Thousand-island Lake

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