The Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies is one of the best waterscapes in China. Located in the Hangzhou area, this collection of creeks and gullies originate from Yangjiawu (Yang Family Col) of the Yangmeiling (Waxberry Ridge). It is also joined to nine cols, namely Qingwan, Hongfa, Fangjia, Baizhang, Tangjia, Foshi, Yunqi, Zhutou, and Xiaokang. It then empties into the Qiantang River and passes through the Xu Village on its way.
The eighteen gullies, however, is already part of the Longjing Village (Dragon Well), which is located to the southwest of the Yanxia Cave; it curves around the woods and the foot of the mountain before joining other tricklets, namely the Poet islet, Su Wen Pool, and the Cockscomb Pool, among many others. Due to this criss-crossing of creeks, cols, tricklets, and gullies, the area has been dubbed as ‘Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies’.
Things to do
The Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies is one of the best sightseeing locations in Hangzhou. It is a famous destination for tourists and locals alike who wish to spend some time touring and just relaxing in the presence of an amazing array of natural water resources. With a total length of 6 kilometers, the Nine Streams offers tourists plenty of great sceneries to see. The whole winding path is full of dense forests, mountains and ridges, and lots of lush bushes and flowers.
The best activity in the area around the Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies is just to walk around. The place makes for a lovely walk as it is usually very peaceful. Some places look so quaint, though, that tourists usually spend a long time there just taking pictures and absorbing the wonderful scenery. Visitors should look out for a nice little lagoon.
The area now has some buildings around, such as the Xizhongxi Pavilion (Stream inside Stream), the Linhai Pavilion (Forest Sea), and the Jiuhong Pavilion (Nine Pool). All of these offer visitors a cool place to rest while traveling through the water’s winding path. Another small pavilion is also used as a great tea and snack house where guests can take refreshments during their visit.
Twenty minutes away from the area stands the Lingyin Temple, which also offers visitors an additional attraction when they’re already in the area. Also nearby is the Longjing Tea Plantations where you will see tea terraces on an upward route going to the Dragon Spring.
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Xihu District, Hangzhou
How to Get There?
There are many ways to get to the Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies.
1) If you are coming from the south to the north, you can take routes 2, K4, 308, and 504. You can also take tourist line 5 and holiday line 5. The Jiuxi (Nine Stream) stop is located just along the Qiantang River. You can walk through the Nine Streams and Smoky Tree Park to get to Longjin.
2) If you are coming from the north to the south, you can take bus route 27 at the Longjing stop then get down at the Jiuxi stop. You can then traverse the path along Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manlong Village to get the full view of the Nine Streams and Eighteen Gullies.
3) If you are coming from the northeast to the southwest, set out from Manlong Village then continue along the Nine Streams and Smoky Tree Park by taking the Waxberry Ridge. You can also start at the Zoo, from where you can take the Hupao Spring mountain lane to the Nine Streams and Smoky Tree Park.
Due to the long distance, travel time can also be quite lengthy; thus, be sure to plan your route and schedule ahead of time.
The area is open to the public for the entire day.