The crescent lake is hemmed in by a hill formed of bluestone, a kind of material widely used in building houses, bridges and roads. Stoneworkers had quarried stones from this hill since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD). In later times the hill hollowed out, leaving only steep cliffs and a deep pool. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), banks were set up to separate the river outside from the lake inside; the lake was then beautified with diverse bridges, cute pavilions, willows on the banks in an uneven and intriguing pattern. The end-product is this charming lake. New embellishments like a corridor and a tea garden have been added.
It is great fun to sit in a boat - called an aquatic taxi in this area, and to glide silently along the cliffs and grottoes. These taxis tend to be small and exquisitely finished - a work of art in themselves. The cliffs look ominous in their ever-changing colors and hues, as one glides along. The grottoes vary in size and prominence. The entrance of the 'Taogong Grotto' allows only one boat at a time to pass. Visitors, however, can see the sky in the relatively ample interior. The 'Peach Grotto' together with its inverted image in the water resembles a big peach. Arriving at the top of the hill, one can savor a cup of tea and enjoy a splendid view of the ancient town as well.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 40 |
CNY 85 for black awning boat tour
|Bus Route:||1, 28|