Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-1
Weishan Lake Overview
Weishan Lake, famous for the film “Guerilla in Railway” shot here, is 150 kilometers long from the south to the north, and 6 to 20 kilometers wide from the east to the west, which is made of four connected lakes, i.e. Weishan, Zhaoyang，Dushan and Nanyang lakes. It holds the water resources from Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and Henan provinces, with over 40 rivers converging here, which have formed the biggest freshwater lake in the south of China. Jing-Hang Great Canal runs though the whole lake and it is still open to navigation.
Weishan Island is No.1 Island in the lake, with many cultural relics. There are beautiful scenery, rich resources and many scenic spots here and it is a large natural park, well-known “One City and Two Hometown”, i.e. the city of water lily as well as the hometown of water in the north and guerilla in railway. Within Weishan Lake, the rich and unique natural resources like the lake, the mountain, the island, the forest, water lily marshes and reed marshes all form a natural beauty of both wildness and heartthrob. Phoenix Mountain and Taohua Mountain is neighboring with the lake, with lakes and mountains as well as forest and spring altogether. It has broad water, moderate climate and rich aquatic resources, among which the grandest one goes to the 100,000 acres water lily on the lake. Every summer, the water lily contends in beauty and fascination, very fragrant and refreshing.
Weishan has a long history and lots of historic sites. Many moving stories and legendaries go around in Nanyang ancient town. The historic sites here include: Weishan Island Sanxian Tomb, Liangcheng Fuyi Mausoleum, Fuyi Temple, Luqiao Zhongzi Temple, Mapo Liangzhu Tomb, etc. Sanxian Tomb is located on Weishan Island, including: Yingweizi Tomb, Chunqiu Muyi Tomb and Han Zhangliang Tomb; Weishan Lake got its name from the man named Weizi who was cousin of Emperor in Yin Dynasty. Due to Emperor Yin’s misgoverning, Weizi expostulated many times thus got no acceptance, so he was too angry to leave and was buried in Weishan Island after the death. Afterwards, it was called Weizi Mountain or Wei Mountain. Weishan Lake came into being since it formed next to Weishan Mountain; international calligraphy forest of steles is in the east of culture garden, very grand and elegant. Weishan Lake is drawing the attention of more and more tourists both at home and abroad because of its unique natural scenery, humanities scenery and customs.
Solo Adventure Tips:
How to Get There?
you can take the bus to Weishan County first (8 regular buses per day and it takes 2 hours and costs 18 yuan / person) and then change the bus to Weishan Lake wharf (about half an hour and costs 4 yuan); after that, you can go to the island by ship (1.5 yuan / person)
8:00 – 18:00 (in spring, summer and autumn); 9:00 – 17:00 (in autumn)
( 1 ) The best traveling time is in July and August when the 100,000 acres water lily blossoming, very grand; this period is also the season for fishing and you can try many fresh fish; the water lily fair in August once a year is held in Small Weishan Lake where there is the scene of most centralized water lilies. ( 2 ) The price for walk-in tourist’s ticket is 45 yuan / person: Guerilla in Railway Memorial Hall 10 yuan; Weizi Tomb is 10 yuan; Weishan Lake Cultural Park 25 yuan. ( 3 ) The items of activities: bonfire evening party, fisherman’s drum performance, Shandong allegretto, lute music performance, fisherman’s singing and dancing, folk games; in March, you can also participate the exciting wedding of fishermen’s family. ( 4 ) Accommodation: you can sleep over the fisherman’s near Weishan Lake and usually the self-prepared bedding ought to be available since there is no extra ones. You can also live in the town and each room only costs 40 to 50 yuan in the best hotel. ( 5 ) Catering: Weishan Lake section has rich products, like various fish, pheasant, preserved egg, fresh lotus root and you can have the opportunity to fully feast your eyes. The restaurants in the island are mainly Islamic and not expensive. Weishan fish feast is famous all over the country, including the local traditional snacks like Jixiang Changshou, Soup with Ffish Ball, Eight-treasures Fish Soup, Maya Woxue, Nanyang Braised Wigeon, Fish in the Tube, Turtle by the river, Qianlong Noodle, etc. （6）Recommended Time for Visiting: 4 and half an hours
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