Jiaxing South Lake
South Lake, originally named Mandarin Duck Lake, is situated in the south of Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province. It is one of the three most famous lakes in Zhejiang, together with West Lake in Hangzhou and East Lake in Shaoxing. Nowadays, it has been developed as a scenic area with amazing lake scenery, traditional Chinese architecture, and Chinese art works of calligraphies and stone steles. Also, there are some perfect places to study the history of the Communist Party of China if you are interested.
The main building of the Mid-Lake Island, the Pavilion of Mist and Rain, is actually a traditional park nowadays, with the winding roads and a scattering of Chinese style houses. Every year in summer and autumn, many damp mists rise above the water. That's the reason why the pavilion got the name. Standing at the pavilion, looking at the mist and drizzle, people feel they are standing in a wonderland. One of the most attractive things is the ginkgo trees in front of the pavilion. They are already more than 450 years old. When the fall comes, the leaves become yellow and fall down, looking like cute butterflies dancing with the wind.
Also, in front of the Pavilion of Mist and Rain is anchored the Red Boat, a replica of the boat in which the Chinese Communist Party was founded and held their first convention.
Furthermore, the Good Luck Bridge on the island is worth visiting and there are some interesting rules to follow when passing over it:
You should touch the stone lion from its head to its feet as it will bring you good luck and protection;
Men should step on the bridge left foot first and women right foot first;
You can stomp on the steps, because it is said that the more heavily you tread, the more luck you will receive;
Whatever happens, you should not look back when crossing the bridge, otherwise your good luck will be left behind;
You can make wishes when you are passing the bridge, for there is a great possibility it will come true.
The Wuxiang Ancestral Temple is one of the sites worth visiting in the village. Constructed in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it is in typical Chinese temple style. The main pagoda in the temple is 6,460 square feet (600 square meters) large, and is 207.87 feet (63.67 meters) high, with 7 floors. The four corners of each layer have a figure of a Buddha and a wind-bell. When there is a puff of wind, the wind-bell rings, bringing people peaceful music. The top of the pagoda is made of copper, gilded with 6.6 pounds (3 kg) gold. You can see the roof shining when the weather is good. The most important thing is that this pagoda is the only one in Jiaxing city where visitors are allowed to climb to the top. There are 179 wooden stairs inside. The climb is not only good exercise and break from day to day stress but it also offers a unique sightseeing opportunity.
In the village, there are also many saloon bars, luxury hotels, specialty restaurants and other places for visitors to rest.
Plum Blossom Bay Street
Revolutionary Memorial Hall
|Take bus line outer ring 1, 8, 36, 90, and get off at Huijing Park of South Lake Station.
|Visiting the lake is free of charge. But some sites around the lake have an admission fee.
CNY 60, including Huijing Park, Mid-lake Island, Wuxiang Ancestral Temple, and Lanxiu Park, Revolutionary Memorial Hall, and boat ride to Mid-lake Island.
Red Boat by Pavilion of Mist and Rain: CNY 20
Children of 3.9 to 4.9 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) enjoy half price tickets.
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