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. 

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Aesthetic Features of Xixi National Wetland Park

Experts claim there are four distinct aesthetic features: coldness, wildness, simplicity and elegance. Coldness suggests quietude as it is a tranquil place in a noisy city; wildness connotes nature as this is a pure land in human society; simplicity means plainness or the philosophy of 'back to nature' and elegance relates to the gathering of literary figures and artists. Thanks to the picturesque waterways and rural landscapes, the Xixi National Wetland Park has always been an ideal location for artists and writers to produce poems, calligraphy, paintings and epigraphy. 
 

Recommended Tour Routes

Xixi Wetland 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

It is said that Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) saw a dragon boat race when he came to visit southern China. With great joy, he called it the Dragon Boat Contest. In 2008, the dragon boat contest in Wuchang was included in the extended catalog of the first group of national intangible cultural heritage as a component of traditional Dragon Boat Festival. Tourists can watch the dragon boat contest and experience the 5,000 years old dragon boat culture through the exhibition. 
 

Tips:

The land ways are complex and unsignposted. It's easy to get lost. Be careful.
 

How to get to Xixi National Wetland Park

1. There are free shuttle buses from Leifeng Pagpda on the south bank of the West Lake, which depart every half an hour from 09:00 to 14:30. Passengers who hold the entrance tickets for the wetland can get on the bus. 
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.

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Questions & Answers on Xixi National Wetland Park
Asked by Bee from CHINA | Jul. 30, 2018 04:19Reply
How do I move from Lin’an to xixi national wetland park and were can I buy tickets from
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Answered by Bella from FRANCE | Jul. 30, 2018 20:23
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You can take bus line 598C from Linan East Station to west bus station and you can buy tickets on the bus.
Asked by Yollzdee from CANADA | May. 31, 2018 23:32Reply
Is there still horse riding at xixi national wetlands park?
if yes .. how much do you charge?
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Answered by Jamie from CANADA | Jun. 04, 2018 03:02
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I heard that there is still horse riding at this national wetlands park. But I cannot find the exact charge. You are advised to consult the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by Jessica from CHINA | May. 06, 2018 22:11Reply
Dragon Boat Race Festival 2018
How would I get tickets for the boat racing? If I just get them on the day where do I need to go to get them? Or do I simply buy an entrance ticket to the wetlands?
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Answered by Landon from FRANCE | May. 09, 2018 02:19
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I heard that you can purchase the tickets on the official website of this national wetland park. You are advised to book them in advance. As I know, you can only need to purchase the entrance ticket of the park.
Asked by Miklos from HUNGARY | Nov. 22, 2016 03:33Reply
How can I go from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport to XiXi Wetland Park (hotel)?
Is there any shuttle buses or taxi? What are the fares? How can I identify "Taxi pirates"?
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Answered by Kate from GERMANY | Nov. 23, 2016 00:45
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Take shuttle bus West Bus Station to the terminus: West Bus Station. The trip takes about 80 minutes, and the fare is CNY 20. Upon arrival, take bus line b4 to the park.

If by taxi, the fare may be CNY 100 to 110. You can take an offical taxi at taxi stands outside Gate 10, Arrival Level, Domestic Terminal. In addition, you may ask the driver to use meter. Don't worry! :)
Answered by Miklós from HUNGARY | Dec. 12, 2016 05:29
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Thanks Kate, this was I wanted to know exactly.
Asked by CH Peng from MALAYSIA | Sep. 28, 2016 06:17Reply
How to take airport shuttle bus to Hangzhou Huachen International Hotel?
How far is the bus stop to Huachen?
How do we go to XiXi Wetland from Huachen?
Is it walkable to Leifeng pagoda where we can buy the entrance ticket to the wetland ?
Thank you
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Answered by Lee from GERMANY | Sep. 29, 2016 01:31
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Take shuttle bus Pinghai Road Line from HGH to the terminus: Grand Metropark Hotel. The fare is CNY 20, and the trip takes about 70 minutes. The bus stop is about 300 yards to the east of Huachen International Hotel. You can walk there within 5 minutes.

The Leifeng Pagoda is about 2.5 miles (4km) from the hotel. Walk west for about 300 yards to Longxiang Bridge Station. Then, take bus line 287 or 4 to Jingsi Station, and you can see the pagoda. :)
Answered by CP Peng from MALAYSIA | Sep. 29, 2016 18:31
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Thank you. We are confident to take Airport bus now and find our way to Xixi wetland.
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