Daming Lake

Daming Lake is Located in the centre of Jinan urban area, north of old urban area, there are springs over one hundred places, 72 places of famous spring among them. The bright lake is a natural lake where many springs converge. Springs empty themselves into the lake from the south and, if water overflows, the lake depletes its surplus water through the north water gate. This gate was built in the North Song Dynasty, on the northern bank. As the lake bottom is composed of volcanic rock, the lake holds water so efficiently that the lake does not dry up during the dry season and it does not overflow after rainy onslaughts, mystery ecological naturally that has "snake disappears , the frog does not chirp". 

Daming Lake (Lake of Great Light)Daming Lake (Lake of Great Light)
 

The area of the park is 86 hectares, 46 hectares of lake surfaces among them and depth of water is average 2 meters. At its entrance is Daming Lake Archway, on the western side of which is the ruin of the ancient Xiayuan Garden. Inside the garden is Haoran Pavilion. The present pavilion site was selected in the Jia Jing period of the Ming Dynasty when the pavilion was rebuilt. On the northern bank of Daming Lake is the North Pole Pavilion, to the east of which is Zeng Gong's Temple. To the west of the North Pole Pavilion is Tie Gong's Temple, which was built in memory of Tie Xuan of the Ming Dynasty. Here is the best spot for enjoying the beautiful scenery of Daming Lake. To the south of Daming Lake is Jiaxuan Temple, built in memory of Xin Qiji, the great poet of the Southern Song Dynasty.

The natural landscape of the park is very pleasant and beautiful. The glistening light of waves of lake water is clear, the fish dive that the kite flies. Many lotuses all over growing from ancient times in Daming Lake, the lakeside weeping willow is in accordance with depending on, the flowers and trees are luxuriant and well-spaced, "three pieces of willow of lotus on four sides, lake of half a city of color of mountain of a city" is the best portrayal of her scenery. Human cultural sight of park is very abundant, Lixia pavilion, iron common shrine, Nanfeng shrine, Arctic temple, etc. The lake park abounds with over 30 historical relics and sites that show long history and culture. For its beauty, Daming Lake has been the converging place for celebrities throughout history. In 13 century, the Italian traveler, Mark Polo marveled here as "what a beautiful landscape of lake and rocks." In the center of the lake perches the Lixia Pavilion, upon which hangs the horizontal name scroll written by an ancient emperor and the vertical scroll, "Old is the pavilion in central China and many are celebrities in Jinan" written by Du Fu, the great poet of the Tang Dynasty. 

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