Ancient Lotus Lake Garden was first built in the early years of the
Yuan Dynasty (1277 A.D.). It used to be called Xiang Xue Garden
(Fragrant Snow Garden). The main part of the garden is the lake.
Some small and exquisite pavilions are built around the lake. The
pavilions seem delicate and elegant with the ancient designs. The
main attractions are Chu Wu Po, Shui Dong Building, Guan Lan
Pavilion, Zhuo Jin Pavilion, Jun Zi Chang Sheng House, Xiao
Penglai, Gao Fen Pavilion and some others.
There are inscriptions of the past dynasties carved in stone in the
corridors on both the east and west sides. Among them is a tablet
describing the construction of Lotus Lake. Shui Dong Building is a
three storey building on which people can overlook the whole
garden. Zhuo Jin Pavilion and Jun Zi Chang Sheng House are the best
places to appreciate the lotus in the lake in summer.
It is quite relaxing and refreshing to sit in the pavilion and see
the beautiful lotus in the lake. In the long corridor behind Gao
Fen Pavilion, there are a lot of stone inscriptions written by the
great calligraphers of history that are admirable.
Ancient Lotus Lake Garden is in the central district of Baoding,
diagonally opposite the mansion of the Viceroy of Zhili Province.
Ancient Lotus Lake Garden is one of the gardens in northern China
with the longest history. Now, it is one of the key sites to be
protected in Hebei Province. It is said that the relief sculpture
called "Lian Ye Tuo Tao" carved on the ancient pavilion mocks
Empress Dowager Cixi who fled from Beijing overnight when the
Eight-Power Allied Forces invaded the area.
How To Go There
Bus 1 and Bus 4 go there.