East Lake

East Lake
Situated in the eastern suburbs of Wuchang, the East Lake Park is the largest open space in the city and is six times the size of the West Lake in Hangzhou.  It's surrounded by green mountains. The whole park is divided into six scenic areas: the Tingtao Scenic Area, the Moshan Scenic Area, the Luoyan Scenic Area, the Baima Scenic Area, the Luohong Scenic Area and the Chuidi Scenic Area. Main scenic spots are the Yuyan Garden, musical fountain, the Xingyin Pavilion, the Changtian Tower, the Jiunv Frusta, the Huguang Pavilion, Tian Shui YI Se, Qu Ti Ling Bo and so on. Among these, the Xingyin Pavilion, was built for memorizing works of Qu Yuan, the great patriotic poet of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin (221BC-206BC) in China's first feudal dynasty). Many exhibits about Qu Yuan are featured in this building including his great literary masterpieces. In addition, the first allegory sculpture park in China is here displaying wonderful sculpture and allegories.  People can take boats at any dock on the lakeside and get to the Moshan Zoo located at the other bank of the East Lake.

Mild temperatures and abundant sunshine foster the East Lake's rich plant resources. There are over 372 different plants as well as over 80 species of bird and fish, the Wuchang fish being the most famous.  The most renowned of East Lake's blossoming flowers are described in the phrase "the orchid in spring, the lotus in summer, the sweet-scented Osmanthus in autumn and the plum blossom in winter". 

Besides these, the Bird Forest with 200 kinds of birds, the mysterious East Lake Ocean Park, the biggest sand beach bathing area in inner China, the Friendship Forest where many other cities' delegates together with Wuhan people have planted trees symbolizing friendship are all worth a visit. What make the East Lake Scenic Area more incredible are its recreational facilities: the exciting slide way, the ropeway, the yachts, tandem bikes, the skating rink and the pleasure ground for children.