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Situated in an agreeable environment made by flourishing woods and luxuriant bamboo bushes, Wangjianglou Park covers an area of 118 mu. Built in Ming and Qing Dynasties and turning to a whole park in the Republic of China, Wangjianglou Park and Xuetao Memorial Hall became famed in Chengdu long years ago. Nowadays, Wangjianglou Park is listed in National Key Cultural Sites.
Xue Tao is a legendary poetess listed in Four Great Poetesses in Tang Dynasty and Four Talented Females in Sichuan. She was born in Chang’an and came to Chengdu with her father in her childhood. Being a studious and brilliant girl, she had superior abilities to write poetry when she was rather young. Suffering from a life of destitution after the death of her father, Xue Tao became a female Official Collator since her literary talent was appreciated by Jiedushi (title of an official) in Western Sichuan. It is recorded that Xue Tao has created about 500 poems during her lifetime, but most got lost and there are only less than 100 poems existing now. Famous poets in the same times like Yuan Zhen, Bai Juyi, Du Mu, Liu yuxi etc. praised highly of Xue Tao and they always communicated through the poems responsory.
Xue Tao once had a transitory relationship with Yuan Zhen and never married after their separation. In her dating time, Xue Tao made a pink note-paper to write poem. Later generation copyed this note-paper and named it Xue Tao Paper.
Besides the verdurous willow trees, elegant tracks lined with green bamboos, there are also different ancient towers worth your exploration.
Wangjiang Tower - Being a landmark, Wangjiang Tower (also called Chongli Pavilion) is the most majestic building in Wangjianglou Park with a height of 39 meters. It is so charming that every ridge and sparrow brave is decorated with clay sculpture of animals and human figurines, and roof is painted to dazzling gilding aureate. Climbing Wangjiang Tower and overlooking panoramic view of this amazing park, you can feast Sichuan style garden constituted by towers, plants and river.
Zhuojin Tower - Located in the west side of Chongli Pavilion, Zhuojin Tower shapes like a boat with two floors. Zhuojin Tower was built boat-shape for Xue Tao once saw Yuan Zhen off in a boat. In Han Dynasty, the waver washed the brocade in Jinjiang River and Jinjiang River also called Zhuojinjiang River (Zhuojin means washing brocade). Wangjianglou Park sat in the south bank of Jinjiang River, so Zhuojin Tower named after Jinjiang River.
Yinshi Tower - In the east Wangjianglou stands Yinshi (poem-chanting) Tower which was built in 1899 according to the destroyed tower where Xue Tao always wrote poems. There is artificial stone hill with steps also made by a heap of stones, which displays natural taste in man-made landscape and inspires great works of poets and writers. Stepping in the tower, you can see several statues of poets, it seems that they are talking about writing poems. As you cross Loquat Corridor connected with Yinshi Tower, memorial buildings like Wuyun Immoral Hall, Xuanxiang Shed, Qingyuan House etc. come into your sight.
Xue Tao Well - It is rumored that Xue Tao Well is the place from which Xue Tao fetched water to make note-paper. In fact, it is King of Shu (mistaken for Xue Tao) in Ming Dynasty fetched water here to imitate Xue Tao Paper. A stela erected near the well is inscribed with three characters “Xue Tao Well” which are handwriting of the magistrate of Chengdu in Tang Dynasty.
In Wangjianglou Park, you can greatly widen your horizon by viewing all kinds of bamboos in thousands of postures. It is recorded that Xue Tao was keen on bamboo for bamboo is a symbol of moral integrity and self-restraint in her mind. As a result, the descendants grew many bamboos in the garden. The variety of bamboos reaches more than 150 containing not only all different of bamboos grown in Sichuan but also the rare kind of bamboos in South China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Some bamboos make a green vaulted corridor, some become thick canopy to offer shade, some stand in the bank of pool or river and some surround waterside pavilion or tower.
Wangjianglou Park is a wonderful place to experience local slow life. Here visitors can rent a row boat and paddle on the water to relax themselves while viewing this bright green bamboo sea, communicate with their friends while meandering along with the beautiful path, and read an interesting book over a cup of jasmine tea which are most popular in Wangjianglou Park. Local people are inclined to spend a whole weekend day to drink a cup of tea by the riverside, feed mammoth sized koi, or play Mahjong. The retirees are those who like this park most, because they can enjoy the later life by square-dancing, spinning tops, playing chess and sharing their old stories with their peers.
Where is Wangjianglou Park?
Wangjianglou Park is situated in the south bank of Jinjiang River in the downtown area, approximately 6km away from Chengdu city center (Tianfu Square), adjacent to Jiuyan Bridge and Sichuan University. It's very convenient to take a city bus, a taxi to get to the park. If you take a Chengdu subway, transfer to Chengdu Metro Line 2, get off at Niushikou Station (牛市口站-the nearest metro station) and walk nearly 30 minutes.
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Best time to go : Wangjianglou Park is a cultural sites and a leisure park, so all seasons are available to visit. In the morning, there are less people, and you can see many people exercising here and playing Tai Chi and square-dancing are most common. In the afternoon, you can see a bustling scene because many people start their leisure activities.
Tickets: 20 RMB for Cultural Relics Area including all memorial buildings.
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