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

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

Wuzhen is an ancient town with a history of 1,300 years, located in south China.  There are many ancient towns resembling Wuzhen and are located on the Yangtze River Delta.  They are as peaceful and beautiful as bright pearls.  Besides owning characteristics of ancient residence in southern China such as ingenuity, elegance and picturesque scenery, […]

Wuzhen is an ancient town with a history of 1,300 years, located in south China.  There are many ancient towns resembling Wuzhen and are located on the Yangtze River Delta.  They are as peaceful and beautiful as bright pearls.  Besides owning characteristics of ancient residence in southern China such as ingenuity, elegance and picturesque scenery, Wuzhen is more a town, which is full of historic and cultural atmosphere.  In spite of over one thousand years’ vicissitudes, Wuzhen still kept its original format and appearance.  Wood and stone carvings on the beams, pillars, doors and windows are still vivid and exquisite.  Local residents still live in the ancient houses.  Constructed on the river surface, the simple and unsophisticated town symbolizes a special kind of temperament and atmosphere.  Perhaps that is the reason why Wuzhen is popular and prolonged prosperous.  According to its excavated materials such as potteries, stone implements, bone implements and more, Wuzhen is identified as Majiabin cultural category (a Neolithic culture).  It is also a powerful testimony which proves the ancestors of Wuzhen have lived in the town since 6,000 years ago.   Belonging to alluvial plain, Wuzhen is wet and warm all the year round.  Plentiful rain, abundant sunshine, rich productions make it commonly known as a fertile land of rice and fish and home of silk.

Wuzhen Attractions

Xishan

One Hundred Beds Museum in southern China

Folk Custom Museum in southern China

Wuzhen Storys

An old temple, named as “General Wu Temple”, was initially located on the north of the theatre on the west bank.   Inside the temple, there was an old ginkgo.  At present, the temple has disappeared; but the ginkgo still stands on the relic.  The old tree is too wide that three people can just embrace it hand in hand.  Seen far from over 10km away, the treetop is still visible.  As to the ginkgo, there is an ancient legend about it.  It is said that about 1,000 years ago, in the Tangxianzong (an emperor of Tang dynasty) period, a general, named Wuzan, was patriotic and heroic.  Most local common people spoke highly of him.  However, central authorities became weaker and weaker after the Rebellion of An and Shi because of local separatists.  The governor of Zhejiang Province, Liqi, also wanted to dominate and revolt.  Being conscious of his intention, the emperor dispatched general Wu and another general, Wuqi, to suppress the traitor.  At first, the rebel army was defeated and ran away.  General Wu and his army did not give up catching up with them until Liqi suddenly hung the cease-fire flag.  However, to general Wu’s surprise, Liqi’s army stroked his campsite at night.  General Wu fell into

a trap which was designed by Liqi when he pursued and attacked.  Finally, he was murdered by arrows.  General Wu drew up with Liqi and repelled Liqi and his army.  He buried general Wu and his horse on the Chexi River bank.  Out of the blue, a plant of gingko nearby his tomb grew up in one night.  But it never fruited.  Local common people believed the tree was an incarnation of general Wu.  To memorize this patriotic general, “General Wu Temple” was constructed.

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Thousand-island Lake

On September 6, 2011, in Hangzhou, Islands, Lakes, More Cities, Mountain Areas, Tours, by Jack Li

Thousand-island Lake is situated in the Chunan County of Zhengjiang Province. The lake is called Thousand-island Lake, because there are 1078 islands in total in the lake. It is 129 kilometers far from Hangzhou and 140 kilometers far from Huang Mountain. It is a pearl on the golden tour line, which includes Hangzhou, Thousand-island Lake […]

Thousand-island Lake is situated in the Chunan County of Zhengjiang Province. The lake is called Thousand-island Lake, because there are 1078 islands in total in the lake. It is 129 kilometers far from Hangzhou and 140 kilometers far from Huang Mountain. It is a pearl on the golden tour line, which includes Hangzhou, Thousand-island Lake and Huang Mountain. Thousand-island Lake with West Lake, Huang Mountain, Tai Lake, Two-dragon Cave in Jinhua and Wuyi Mountain forms a natural tourism web. Thousand-island Lake is in the center of the tourism district. It is very convenient to get there from Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian.

Thousand-island Lake’s total water area is 10,442 square kilometers. The water quality is very good which reaches national water quality standards. The islands are different from each other, while they are well ordered. In area where many islands situated, the lake looks like a labyrinth. Some small islands form beautiful view spots, for example, the Hundred-lake Island, the Hundred-island Lake, and the Pearl Island. The Thousand-island Lake is so large that it looks like a sea. Forests cover 95% land of the islands in theLake’.

The 20 view spots in the Thousand-island Lake are divided into four categories,  lake. So the Thousand-island Lake is also known as ‘Green Thousand-island which have natural scenery, human landscape, animal show, recreation. The Thousand-island Lake has special tour lines, including the spring journey, the autumn journey, the golden autumn journey, sightseeing tour, recreation tour, water sports tour, historical culture tour, and orchard tour. And there are many fun activities you could take part in, for example, fishing with a giant web, competitions on water, customs show and so on. The local dishes in Thousand-island Lake are very delicious. The main dishes are seafood-based. The Thousand-island Lake is rich in freshwater fish and special products in forest. The fish restaurant in Thousand-island Lake is one of the best in freshwater fish restaurants in China. You could not find the incredible delicious taste of fish dishes anywhere else. The delicious dishes attract many tourists from home and abroad.

Thousand-island Lake Attractions

Santan Island

Jiupaojie

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