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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

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

The West Lake in Hangzhou

On September 7, 2011, in Activities, Hangzhou, Lakes, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

The West Lake is a poem, a painting, a beautiful story. It has overwhelmed both those who live by it and the travelers. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous for the West Lake. The West Lake is one of the most renowned tourist attractions […]

The West Lake is a poem, a painting, a beautiful story. It has overwhelmed both those who live by it and the travelers. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous for the West Lake. The West Lake is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in China. There is also a famous saying in China that “Heaven is for the sky and Hangzhou for the earth”. From the ancient times, there have been numerous poems that praise the lake’s scenery, and people compare the lake with Xishi, reputedly the most beautiful woman in ancient China. Marco Polo visited the city during his travel and exclaimed that it was “the most beautiful and richest city in the world”. The West Lake is a must-visit if you come to China.

The scenery of the West Lake is absolutely amazing. The calmness and serenity of the scene is just like a Chinese wash painting brought alive. In spring, the peach trees along the lake are all in pink blossom and the willows have sprouted; the distant mountains are verdant. The lake is as calm as a mirror and is dotted here and there with boats. If you walk along the dam, you will marvel at the intoxicating scene before your eyes.

The West Lake is just as breathtaking in other seasons. In summer red, yellow and white lotuses thickly decorate the lake’s surface and make it colourful and vivid; and a cool moonlit autumn night is extremely tranquil and soothing; in winter, clusters of red plum blossoms capped in snow bring vitality to the snowy lake area. The West Lake is beautiful in many ways, and you can enjoy different scenery at different times.

There are ten most famous sights on and around the West Lake. They date back to the Southern Song Dynasty and represent the essence of the lake’s beauty. If you go there, make sure you do not miss them. Besides the ten scenic spots, around the lake there are more than 90 parks of distinct features. Apart from the elegant natural scenery, the West Lake is also a place of cultural heritage. It is also a place that has inspired many enchanting legends and tales. On the whole, the West Lake is a place of natural, cultural, historical and artistic values.

The West Lake Attractions:

Sudi Chunxiao

Quyuan Fenghe

Pinghu Qiuyue

Duanqiao Canxue

Nanping Wanzhong

The West Lake Stories:

1. How did the West Lake come into being

There are many beautiful folk tales and legends about the origin of the West Lake. One of them says that a long time ago the Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix found a white jade on an island beside the Milky Way. They spent many years sculpting it and it became a beautiful shining jade pearl. All the trees and flowers touched by its rays would flourish and blossom. However, the pearl was discovered by the Mother of the Western Sky, and she wanted to take the pearl by force. The Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix would not let it go, and they fought over it. During the fight, the Mother of the Western Sky accidentally dropped the pearl and it landed on the earth to become the beautiful Western Lake. The Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix followed the pearl to the earth. They became the Jade Dragon Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain to guard the lake forever.

2. The Broken Bridge

The Broken Bridge of the West Lake is one of the most famous in China because of the love story between Xuxian and Bainiangzi.

Bainiangzi was a white snake in the wild. One day it was caught by an old man. When he was about to kill it, a shepherd boy saved it and let it go. 1,700 years later the snake turned into a beautiful woman. She wanted to look for the man who had saved her life. She went to the Goddess of Mercy for help. The Goddess told her that if it was fate that she and the man should meet each other after thousands of years, she should go to the West Lake to look for him. Bainiangzi went to the West Lake and saw the man, Xuxian, who had saved her, standing on the broken bridge. They recognized each other and fell in love. In the end they got married and spent the rest of their days together. Their love story makes the West Lake a romantic place for those who are in love.

Wuzhen Travel Tips

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an […]

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an enjoyable time.

As you walk into the town you can see the ancient homes. As a historical old town, Wuzhen shows an integral beauty of the harmony between humane environment and natural environment.

Like many other Water Towns in southern China, streets and homes are all built next to stream or river. That is the so-called ‘sleep on river’. What made Wuzhen different is that some of the houses were built above the river. These parts are supported by wooden pillars or stone pillars in the riverbed. People call this part of the town as ‘Water Pavilion’ which is the particular building in Wuzhen. ‘Water Pavilion’ really could be described as ‘sleep on river’. As three sides of ‘Water Pavilion’ have windows, it is the best spot to enjoy the sceneries of Wuzhen. Wuzhen is thus known as the ‘Venice of the East’.

Best Time to Visit Wuzhen

As Wuzhen is situated in the center of the Hangjiahu Plain, it belongs to subtropical monsoon climate. It is warm and wet with a set of distinctive four seasons and abundant rainfall. The annual average temperature in Wuzhen is 16°C. The temperature in January is 3°C; the temperature in July is below 30°C. The annual precipitation is about 1200 millimeters. Many typhoons hit the region in the summer and autumn.

In my opinion, spring and autumn are the most beautiful seasons. The most beautiful moments are at dawn and at dusk. At dawn, mist will suffuse above the river, resembling a fairyland. At dusk, a vivid Wuzhen appears under the sunset.

Tips: you’d better stay in room at noon in summer in Wuzhen, because it is very hot outside.

Wuzhen Best Routes

One-day tour in Dongzha

The Fengyuan Double Bridges – Caishen Cove – One Hundred Beds Museum – Hongyuantai Dyehouse – Yuliuliang Chinese Ancient Coins Exhibition Hall – Former Residence of Maodun – the Ancient Stage in Wuzhen – Xiuzhen Temple – the Residence of Xiatongshan Academician – Fanglu Pavilion – Huiyuan Pawnshop – the site of Jiangzhe local government

Two-day Tour in Xizha  

The first day: Caomu Bense Dyehouse – Zhaoming Academy – Three- inch Golden Lotuses Exhibition Hall (women’s bound feet in feudal age) – the Old Post Office – Guandi Temple – General Wu’s Temple – Lingshui House – Maodun Memorial Hall – Maodun Graveyard – Xuchang Sauce and Pickle Garden

The second day: Stage on Water – Sanbai Wine Workshop – Northern Wetland – Yida Silk Workshop – Yingjia Bridge – Xiangshan Hall

Wuzhen Tickets

The ticket including Dongzha and Xizha costs 150 Yuan/person.

Dongzha View Spot   

The ticket price of Dongzha View Spot is 100 Yuan/person.

The ticketing time of Dongzha View Spot is from 8:30 to 14:30.

The tour guide fee is 80 Yuan. One sightseeing boat costs 80 Yuan. And every boat can take 8 people (children and babies also count).

Xizha View Spot

The ticket price of Xizha is 120 Yuan/person, while the night ticket of Xizha only costs 80 Yuan/person. The tourt time is from 8:30 to 12:30. The tour guide fee is 200 Yuan. In daytime, one sightseeing boat costs 120 Yuan for a single trip. It can contain 6 people, while babies also count. At night, the boat costs 180 Yuan for a single trip. If you take the transport boat, every station costs 5 Yuan. The sightseeing bus costs 5 Yuan/person.

How to get to Wuzhen

By air: you could get to the Shanghai or Hangzhou airports, and then take bus to Wuzhen.

By train: as there is no railway station in Wuzhen, so you should get off at Jiangxin Station then take bus to Wuzhen.

By bus: Wuzhen has opened three special tour bus routes, from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing to Wuzhen. Visitors could take that kind of bus at Travel Distribution Centers.

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