Xuanwu Lake, an important part of the Zhongshan landscape ---- a state-level scenic area in the ancient capital city of Nanjing, AAAA national tourist attraction, collects many places of interests and historical relics. Historical cultural figures as Guo Pu, Li Bai, Wang Anshi, etc. all set foot here and left behind many poems in admiration of the lake. Some of their remains can still be traced today.
The park covers a total area of 472 hectares, with 368 hectares of water surface and 103 hectares of land. It is dotted with five green isles, connected by bridges or dykes, each having an attractive and unique flavor. The beauty of the city, the lake, the woods and the hills is all merged into one --- the Xuanwu Lake.
Ring Isle, embracing Cherry Isle like a ring, is famous for its camphor trees and French parasol trees in the mists of spring. Amid a rockery with falls stand two pieces of stone similar in appearance to a boy worshiping Goddess of Mercy. Another place worth visiting on Ring Isle is Guo Pu’s clothing tomb. Lotus Square --- a large-scale and well-assorted water scenery that integrates musical fountains, laser and water-screened movie into one is also located here. The 2nd isle Cherry Isle has long been well-known for its cherries and myriad of flowers. Lots of cherry trees used to be planted all over the isle and the cherries were served as tribute. The third isle is named as Liang Isle because Zhaoming, the crown prince of the Liang Dynasty once built “Liang Garden” here according to one legend. It is noted for its autumn chrysanthemum and an annual chrysanthemum show is held on the isle. Along this isle, tourists can visit the Temple of the Lake’s God, the Sightseeing Building and the Friendship Hall. The fourth one Water Chestnut Isle is so called because lots of water chestnuts used to be grown in the pond. Ever since ancient times, it has been famous for its changing mountain mists. The number one world of birds in China is situated on the isle. The main attraction of the isle goes to a three-dimensional flowerbed --- Two Dragons Play a Pearl. The last isle Green Isle is much appreciated for its varieties of trees and tranquility. Pines, green cedars, tender willows and light-green bamboos all help to make it a unique and satisfying place for ecological recreation.
Along the scenic belt around the lake, you can enjoy the morning glory in Xuanwu, visit Wumiao Sluice Gate, stroll by the ancient city wall and walk on the Ten-Mile-Dyke. You can also have a good time in the Water Paradise or relax yourself in the natural Metasequoia Oxygen Bar.
Location: No.1 Xuanwu Lane, Xuanwu District, Nanjing.
Opening Hours: 7:00-21:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 20
Transportation: Take Bus. No. 8,10,12,16,18. or 19.
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