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About 5,000 years ago, the flash flood occurred and the water rushed into the lowland part and became a lake. In the periods of drought, the lake disappeared and a wetland appeared. In Song Dynasty, the government built Xixi Town near the wetland, so Xixi Wetland came into being.
Located in the west of Hangzhou City and occupying about 10 square kilometers, Xixi Wetland Park is China’s first national park combining urban life, ecological resources and culture wetland together. For its rich ecological resources, amazing nature scenery and brilliant culture, Xixi National Wetland Park is recognized as an International Important Wetland in 2009 and National AAAAA Scenic Area in 2012. In addition, it was listed in Three Wonders in West Hangzhou with West Lake and Xiling Society of Seal Arts. Many streams, moderate temperature and fresh air in Xixi National Wetland Park attract birds and animals to reside here. The emperors and officials as well as ancient poets also like to visit this idyllic garden, leaving lots of poems and articles to describe the beauty of Xixi Wetland Park. Some scenes of famous Chinese film If You Are the One (非诚勿扰) were shot here.
Xixi National Wetland Park is divided into three parts – east part, central part and west part. The east part is the main attraction of this park. It enjoys more natural scenery spot like Hazy Fisher Village(烟水渔庄), Anchorage Thatching(泊庵), Deep Pool Mouth(深潭口), Xixi Plum Villa (西溪梅墅), Plum and Bamboo Manor(梅竹庄园), Xixi Water Atti (西溪水阁) etc. and you could go sightseeing by boats or electric bicycles. Visiting west part of Xixi National Wetland Park enables you have a cultural Tour because it enjoys a village for experiencing folk culture.
Fu Causeway (福堤)：Fu Causeway (Fu literally means “good fortune” in Chinese) stretches 2300 meter from south to north. Being an ecological and cultural causeway, it connects the main attractions together and links with 6 Fu Bridges.
Green Causeway (绿堤): Just as the name suggests, Green Causeway is located in a sea of green plants. Here you can have a look at Xixi Wetland Plants Garden which enjoys strange aquatic grasses and wild flowers. It is an important site for some experts to research.
Longevity Causeway (寿堤): Longevity Causeway is the longest causeway of the three with length of 3600 meters. Standing in this causeway offers you a good view of densely crisscrossed watercourses and century-old wooden wharf.
With dense weeping willow, mist-shrouded water and smoke from the chimney constituting a charming hazy picture, this small village got its poetic name of Hazy Fisher Village. Walking along the road on the bank, you can smell a slight fragrance given off by some unknown plants. Visiting one of the riverside teahouses is suggested, relax yourself and have a good sight of this quiet place over a cup of tea. In this village, you could have a deep exploration of Hangzhou Silk, farming, fishing, local wedding and folk custom because there are special exhibition halls for you. Restaurants are available there.
Boarding on the wooden wharf and walking through a path in the bamboo forest, a small hut on a straw hat comes into your eyes. This hut is Anchorage Thatching which was the residence of Zhou Xiaozhi, a hermit in the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. He concentrated on reading without any appetite to seek fame or official ranks. He and his two brothers live in a simple life and enjoy reading and farming. In that time, this hut was hidden in the thick reeds. Looking from above, the thatching looks like an island floating on the water.
Xixi Plum Villa is a group of traditional farmhouses situated in the southwest part of Xixi National Wetland Park and near Autumn Snow Thatching. Plum blossom of Xixi has been well-known from ancient times. In South Song Dynaty, many literati always came here and had fun. A small wooden house in the manor has tea, coffee and other drinks for sale.
Xixi Thatched Cottage is a small but exquisite yard. The ground is scattered with green grass and surrounded by bamboo fence. The white wall is shaded by the verdant bamboo. A peaceful picture made by old well, stone seat, grape trellis and swallows unfolds in front of you. The former owner of this cottage is a famous litterateur called Feng Mengzhen (冯梦真).
In the Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese Lunar 5th May), nearby villagers will gather in Xixi National Wetland Park and join a great event. It is said that Emperor Qianlong once watched the performance and dragon boating in Xixi Wetland Park and praised “What a Grand Event”. As a result, Hangzhou people last this event for more than 500 years. Traditional opera, Kungfu Show, dragon dancing and lion dancing will take place in the ancient stage of the park. Most highlight of that day is the dragon boating competition. Hundreds of villagers will take part in the competition and hundreds of the boats shuttling back and forth.
Xixi Flower Fair Festival is a big day in Xixi National Wetland Park. It occurs in Chinese lunar 15th February. According to the legendary, Flower Faery will come down to earth in that day and color the flowers and decorate the charming Hangzhou. In order to share the beauty of flowers, Flower Fair Festival is held in every year. With the theme of “love, happiness, beauty and charm”, a lot of activities will be launched. While you are savoring a mass of flowers in different color and different shapes, you can also have a good time with your family and friends.
Cruise Tour: It is suggested you start your wetland tour from Zhoujia Wharf. Taking an electric boat or sculling boat to Xixi Plum Blossom Villa, you will experience a rural amorous feeling. Then transfer to Xixi Water Pavilion to have an overlook of this huge wetland. On your way to your next destination - Autumn Snow Thatching, you could across the reeds. At last, get back to Zhoujia Wharf and tour ends. The whole jurney covers about 2 hours
Walking Tour: Walking is a good way to explore Xixi National Wetland Park deeper and stretch your legs. Start from Zhoujia Village and walk to Plum and Bamboo Manor. Then turn to Anchorage Thatching and Hazy Fisher Village to feel the local folk custom. Crossing Xiaogu Bridge, you will get to Hezhu Street. After replenishing energy in Jiangjia Market, go to Hongzhong’s Former Residence, Lihang Temple, Wondering Stream Hut, Gaozhuang, Yulin Town. After that, visit the top attractions Xixi Water Pavilion, Xixi Xixi Plum Villa, Xixi Thatched Cottage and left from Zhoujia Village. The walking route covers about 8 km and you need to cost 4 hours to finish it.
Xixi National Wetland Park is located in the west part of Hangzhou city, and can be reached convenient.
From Railway Station: There is no direct shuttle bus between three Hangzhou railway stations and Xixi National Wetland Park, so you need to transfer several times and have a short walk.
From West Lake: Taking Bus No. 118 or 130, you can get to the park from West Lake directly within one hour. Driving or calling a taxi can save you 40 mins.
Three kinds of transportation are available for visiting Xixi National Wetland Park.
Electric Boat: There are four wharfs in the park and you can buy ticket in the tickets office of each wharf. The boat will have a stop in every wharf so you can get off to enjoy the beautiful scenery. You have only four opportunities to get on the boat. The ticket is 60 RMB per person.
Sculling Boat: Renting a sculling boat, you will have a rather free tour and you are able to choose to turn to each direction you want. The rental fee of one sculling boat is 100 RMB per hour and one boat can hold 6 people.
Electric Bike: Tourists are not permitted to take their own bikes to the park, but you rent one electric bike at a cost of 5 RMB. Riding an electric bike, it’s much easy to cover the distance, but you can get to the islands in the park.
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