Xixi National Wetland Park
Situated in the western part of Hangzhou, less than 5km (3 miles) from West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare urban wetland. With rich ecological resources, simple natural landscape and profound culture, it is known as one of the Three "Xi's" along with Xihu (West Lake) and Xiling (the Seal Engravers' Society). It is the first and only wetland park in China combining urban life, farming and culture. Xixi National Wetland Park has not only broad open views, but also a variety of water views. Warm and humid, the area enjoys a comfortable climate featuring abundant precipitation and four distinct seasons.
Three Causeways and Ten Sights
The natural and human landscape in Xixi National Wetland Park are grouped into three causeways and ten sights: The three causeways are Causeway Fu, Causeway Lu and Causeway Shou, as in Chinese, the three words Fu, Lu and Shou carry the meaning of fortune, prosperity and longevity.
Causeway Fu is 2,300m (1.4 miles) long and 7m (8 yards) wide, stretching through Xixi National Wetland Park from south to north. Across the bank span six bridges with the Chinese character "Fu". Causeway Lu is 1,600m (1 mile) long and 7m wide, stretching through the core reserve area from west to east. It connects the ecological arboretum with the major scientific research project of the wetland and serves as an ecological bank. With a total length of 3,600m (2.2 miles) and a width of 4.5m (5 yards), Causeway Shou is the longest of the three, stretching from south to north. Crisscrossing waterways and ancient trees form an ecological landscape.
The ten sights are Qiuxue Hut, the best scenery of the Xixi National Wetland Park and the sight that can be reached by boat only; Water Mirroring Red Persimmons; Exhibition of Dragon Boat Culture; Lotus Flower Eco-Reserve Area, the main area for bird-watching; Charm of Hong's Villa, the living place of the Hongs, which fostered a group of celebrities; Boat-rowing in the Moonlight, Fog and Water Fishing Village, a tourist center when one can enjoy local delicacies; Plum Villa, home to more plum trees and famed for its plum blossoms; Gao's Villa, and Music Appreciation in Hezhu.
Aesthetic Features of Xixi National Wetland Park
Recommended Tour Routes
The land route: Zhoujiacun Village (the main path for the Xixi National Wetland Park)---Plum and Bamboo Cottage (housing most of Xixi's 3,000 plum trees)---Bo'an Thatched Hut---Fog and Water Fishing Village---Xiaogu Bridge---Deep Pool Mouth (a port for the boats used in the annual Dragon Boat Festival)---West Corridor of the Deep Pool Port---Reserve Area of Shrimp and Dragon Sands---Plum Villa (home to more plum trees and famed for its plum blossoms). The whole route is about 8km long and takes more than 3 and a half hour.
The river route: Zhoujia Dock---Plum and Bamboo Cottage---Water Pavilion (a place for book collecting, reading and meeting friends)---Qiuxue Hut---Zhoujia Dock. You can choose to take an electric boat or row a boat by yourself. A complete tour of the Xixi National Wetland Park should involve a combination of land and river routes. Just take your time.
Dragon Boat Contest
How to get to Xixi National Wetland Park
2. Take bus 136, 193, 265, 356, 381, 382, b4 or j13 to Xixi Shidi Gaozhuang Station.
3. Take bus 83, 86 or 130 and get off at Xixi Shidi Beimen (Xixi National Wetland Park North Gate) Station.
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|Entrance Fee||CNY 80 for adults; |
CNY 40 for children between 1.2 - 1.5 meters (3.9 - 4.9 feet);
Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters.
|Boat Fee||Battery Boat: CNY 60 for an hour |
Rowing Boat: CNY 100 per boat per hour (allow 6 people in one boat)
|Battery Car||CNY 5 per time|
|Opening Hours||Apr. to Oct.: weekdays: 8:00 - 18:30; weekends and holidays: 7:30 -18:30. |
Nov. to Mar.: weekdays: 8:15 - 18:00; weekends and holidays: 8:00 - 18:00.