View Lotus Flowers in Xicheng District
As lotus flowers are in full bloom now, where are the ideal places for viewing lotus flowers? Recently, the reporter visited several good places located in Xicheng District to enjoy lotus flowers.
Jishuitan West scenic spot is located at the northwest corner of Jishuitan Bridge, Xicheng District. The scenic spot is built based on a scenery poem about Jishuitan written in the 45th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. In addition to the existing greening, a cross-river plank path is paved to connect the north and south banks. Taking natural waterscape as its core, the scenic spot features a Chinese-style garden landscape with ancient charm.
Xihai Wetland Park lies on Shichahai’s Xihai Lake, surrounded by historic sites including Huitong Shrine, Sanguan Temple, Jingye Temple, Puji Temple and Deshengmen Watchtower. Followed by Summer Palace and Yuyuantan (Jade Lake), Xihai Lake is another rare natural wetland in central Beijing, covering an area of 10.9 hectares. The wetland park is equipped with complete facilities, such as a footpath made of bluestone bricks around the lake, five viewing platforms protruding into the water, and a 500 linear-meters long plank path by water.
Prince Gun’s Mansion is located in No.31, Xinjiekou East Street, Shichahai Sub-district, Xicheng District. It was listed among the first batch of cultural relics under Xicheng District-level protection in 1989. In terms of buildings, only a parlor and two towers remain now. But its garden is well preserved, covering 3/4 of the total area of the mansion. The 110 meters wide and 165 meters long garden has two small hills, a pond among the hills, as well as rockeries and trees around the pond.
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