Xuanwu Lake, situated at the foot of Mt.
Zhongshan in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province hosts many places
of interests and historical relics. Historical cultural
figures set foot here and left behind many poems in
admiration of the lake, some of their remains can still
be traced today.
The history of Xuanwu Lake can be traced back to the
Pre-Qin period (21century BC-221 BC). According to the
legend, in the Southern Dynasty a black dragon was seen
in the lake. Chinese Daoists believed that the black
dragon was a water god appearing as the uniform of a
turtle and snake, called Xuanwu. Hence the lake was
called Xuwu Lake.
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
Xuanwu Lake is dotted with five green isles,
connected by bridges or dykes, each owning an attractive
and unique flavor. The beauty of the city, the lake,
the woods and the hills is all merged into one --- the
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. 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.
Cherry Isle has long been noted 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.
Liang Isle is named because of Zhaoming,
the crown prince of the Liang Dynasty once built ¡°Liang
Garden¡± here according to one legend.
It is well-known for its autumn chrysanthemum, thus
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.
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 named
Two Dragons Play a Pearl.
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.