Forming the lush core at the heart of the Huaxi Scenic Area, breathtaking Huan Huaxi Park is a natural hideaway complete with stunning scenery, natural mountains and sleepy riverbeds. Situated south of Guizhou’s Guiyang City this sprawling “Back Garden of Guiyang City” is spread out over an impressive 136 acres with nearly 49 acres of the land covered by the Jin Jiang.
The brainchild of a local resident of the Qing dynasty who installed pavilions, water islands, towers and planted flowers and other trees on its green enclave the park was rebranded as a public park in the 1930’s. The founding of the People’s Republic of China saw the park further improved to include other facilities for tourists and renamed Huan Huaxi Park whose name denotes a space lined with babbling brooks and flowers abloom.
Surrounded by four natural hills the parkland also features a meandering stream which flows through the park as the hills named Gui, Lin, She and Feng tower overhead on either side. Ideal for hiking enthusiasts’ guests can leisurely climb the four hills and enjoy the unique viewpoints each mount offers of the park’s captivating surroundings. Atop Lin Hill which is the tallest of the four one finds the most spectacular view of the entire park enclave complemented by the almost orchestral accompaniment of periodically howling Kylins. She Hill and Gui Hill on the other hand feature oddly placed stone and pebble edged roadways and luscious views of the immediate landscape. Feng Hill is perfect for those who wish to get a bird’s eye view of the stone village located nearby complete with the remarkable sight of stone homes and walls crisscrossing stone roads across green fields.
The Huaxi also holds the title as the premier “First Love Stream” in the Chinese Republic due to its pristine waters and idyllic river banks while other highlights at the venue include the One Hundred Steps Bridge also known as Baibu Bridge. A looping overpass with stones embedded in to the water the structure creates the illusion of walking on water during the summer months when the water level is at its highest. The park’s pavilions are also picturesque while the gardens and towers that are scattered across the property also lend the venue an air of peaceful sophistication.
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