As the most attractive place of interest in the city, Gantang Lake is located in downtown Jiujiang. It is a naturally formed lake fed by water from Lushan , covering an area of 80 hectares (approximately 197.6 acres).There are 50 meters long embankment, on which is Sixian Bridge built in Song Dynasty. Gantang Lake was once called Jingxing Lake. In the Tang Dynasty , Jingxing Lake was divided by a dike in two parts in order to facilitate the transportation at that time. This project was initiated by an official by the name of Li Bo. Hence, it was renamed as Gantang Lake in memory of his contributions.
The lake is said to be the military base of the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms Period .On the island in the central lake stood General Zhou Yu's training platform. Bai Juyi, a great poet of the Tang Dynasty, started to build a pavilion on the platform during his commission period in Jiujiang and it was called Jinyue Pavilion. By the Northern Song Dynasty, a Yanshui Pavilion was added to it.
Though both were destroyed in the Ming Dynasty, groups of buildings were rebuilt continuously in Dynasties followed. The whole construction is composed of many halls, pavilions, kiosks and doorways. These ancient buildings in the pavilion are Chuangting Hall, Cuichaoxian Pavilion, Yanhui Pavilion, Wuxian Pavilion, etc. Strolling in between the buildings, visitors experience their exquisiteness and elegance.
From the pavilion, you will see that Mt.Lushan is like a green screen around which the clouds are lingering. Surely you will be fascinated by the wonderful view.
Location: Xunyang District, Jiujiang
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Opening Hours: 08:30 - 17:30
Transportation: Take Bus 16, 101, 102 or 103 and get off at Yanshuiting stop.
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