Situated at the foot of Mt. Zhongshan in Nanjing, Xuanwu Lake is well known for its beauty and its surrounding environment, including the nearby ancient city wall. With a history of more than 1,500, it is the only royal garden in south China and one of the three famed lakes in the South of Yangtze River.
Xuanwu Lake Scenic Area covers an area of 472 hectares, including 368 hectares of the water surface. There are five green isles dotted in the lake, including Huan Isle, Ying Isle, Liang Isle, Cui Isle and Ling Isle.
When you are on the Huan Isle, you can see that the leaves of willows wave gently with the wind and feel the mild wind from the lake that blows tenderly on your face. The Ying Isle is famous for its cherry blossoms. When the cherry blossoms bloom in the early spring, the isle seems to be an ocean of flowers. Liang Isle is the one that was developed earlier than the other four. Annually, the grand traditional exhibition of chrysanthemums is held there. On the Cui Isle, there are dark green pines, emerald green cypresses, tender willows, and light green bamboos. To the east of Ling Isle, you can see the beautiful clouds drifting across Mt. Zhongshan.
The five isles are connected by bridges and causeways, and each of them displays its unique characters, diverse landscapes, gardens with different plant and flower species and rockeries. Nuona Tower on Huan Isle is full of special serene ambience. Wumiao Zha on Ling Isle has long history and of a reasonable design. Other places like the Lotus Garden on Ying Isle and the Hushen Miao on Liang Isle are also worth visiting.
Xuanwu Lake is one of the largest comprehensive entertainment centers of the city. It’s very cool to have a huge lake in the middle of such a large city, and the lake is reputed as “a bright pearl of Nanjing”. Well before the sunrise and even after sunset, the park is bustling with visitors. Some come to walk, jog, or fly kites, others to practice Tai Chi, and many more just want to enjoy the scenery. Jogging along the lake shore or sitting in a boat with your family or friends, you will see the crumbling ancient city walls, chrysanthemum show, God Temple, architectures and more.