Fuzhou West Lake Park is situated in northwestern Fuzhou at the foot of the Wolong Mountain. The lake had been excavated by a Jing Dynasty official, Yan Gao, in 282 AD. It became widely popular during the Tang Dynasty due to the beautiful scenery.
Things to Do
The Fuzhou West Lake Park is spread over an area of around 42.51 hectares. Out of this 30.3 hectares is water area. It is known to be the most intact and well preserved classical gardens in the area and is well known for its graceful and natural landscape. Fuzhou West Lake Park is beautiful and tranquil and it attracted many painters and writers in the past. A lot of paintings and poems had been written about the lake.
The Fuzhou West Lake Park has a history of more than 1700 years. It had been a very popular tourist destination during the Tang Dynasty. During the Five Dynasties, various buildings, terraces and pavilions had been built by the Min State Emperor which made it a beautiful imperial garden. The park was officially opened to the public as the Fuzhou West Lake Park in 1914.
The Willow Bank is what visitors will see first when they enter the park and had been built originally in 1930. The bank is 18 meters wide and 139 meters long. It has a number of flowering shrubs, peach trees and willows which were planted along the bank of the lake.
The island is located centrally in the park. Towards its north is the Yaoqiao Island which can be reached through the Jade Bridge. In this area are the West Park Theater, Art Gallery and Provincial Museum. Towards its west is the Xieping Island which has a lot of entertainment and play equipment for kids.
Crape Myrtle Hall
The hall was built originally in 1914 and it gets its name because it is surrounded with crape myrtle trees. The hall is used as the park’s service center.
The temple is located at the center of the Kaihua Island. It is the park’s oldest building and was built originally in the Song Dynasty in 1037. It was rebuilt a few times later. The temple is well known for its litchi tree. The temple is decorated with colorful root carvings, miniscapes, trees and flowers.
Wanzai Hall is a memorial hall created for poets. The hall was built during the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Zhengde by a poet and had once been the gathering place for poets in Qing and Ming dynasties.
This pavilion is one of the 8 typical scenes of ancient China. Gengyi Pavilion is built along the lake bank and it faces the water and lotuses on three sides. It also enjoys its vast exposure to the beauty of the lake as well as the fragrance of lotus flowers and gentle breeze. The current pavilion had been built during the Qing Dynasty.
The Gui Hall
The hall was originally an ancestral hall created for Li Gang. It was built in the Qing Dynasty by Lin Zexu. The name of the hall is due to the two large osmanthus trees near it. in 1905, the hall was changed to be used as a reading house by Lin Zexu.