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“Fairy tale like scenes here!”
Review of Xixi Wetland Park

Xixi Wetland Park
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Hangzhou Xixi Dragon Boat Festival Day Trip
Ranked #20 of 395 things to do in Hangzhou
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

The Xixi Wetlands resort in Hangzhou is a bit away from the city (naturally (pun intended!) as these are wetlands) but not terribly out of the way either. It's basically a vast, sprawling nature reserve with well defined paths (causeway or boardwalks) throughout reserve and beautiful fairy tale like scenery most of the time. Add to these scores of those typically Chinese lovely humped (arched) bridges and pagodas and pavilions to add to the exotic feel.
It's a wonderful day out if you love nature. You can lost yourself photographing the fairy tale like scenery, and the exotic ancient buildings. And also the park dates way, way back to the dynasties, it was recently re-furbished and thrown open to the public only in 2005.
When I visited, May 2017, the place was a tad crowded due to the local school holidays and a forthcoming local festival. I had Chinese friends with me, so language was no problem.
Although mostly spectacular greenery and water, with ancient pagodas (or replicas thereof) thrown in and humped (arched) bridges, there are a couple of built up areas housing cafes, coffee shops, restaurants etc. Many of the restaurants on site were empty, despite the crowds, and there is one Starbucks outlet in there as well.
I particularly enjoyed an indoor exhibition of dragon boats- the tradition of dragon boat racing has a major presence here- may have even started here.
For all the water around, wildlife was lax- I saw just one heron and one mamma duck with her two chicks, that too mostly hidden among lotus leaves in a lovely lotus pond.
You can enter from any one of several entrances, quite close to one of which is a bit of a marshland with tall grasses on both sides with a boardwalk running right through it.
A good place to spend several hours if you love nature, greenery and checking out exotic Chinese traditional architecture! At one spot inside the reserve, you can also take a long boat ride (large electric boat) through the waters of the reserve. The reserve itself consists of lakes and rivers criss-crossing the lakes.

1  Thank shankaronline
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place gets famous because of a movie, and the view of Xixi Wetland Park is really as beautiful as a painting. There are also restaurant, tea house available.

Thank Tan Q
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Lovely way to spend the day, climbing pagodas, taking boat rides. A great way to escape the city. You can easily spend a full day exploring the park.

1  Thank sfiona
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Maybe we were really unlucky or just blind, but I expected to see LOTS of wildlife. We saw ONE heron at the entrance to the park then NOTHING after that single sighting. Grounds were OK but they are man- made

1  Thank yeemai
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We hired a taxi driver for a day trip beyond Hangzhou City and the West Lake. XiXi Wetland Park was our first stop in the morning. We took the boat ride and spent about 2 hours walking in the park. It was in June, we really enjoyed the beautiful and tranquil environment, nice vegetation, green grassland, flowers blooming! It's not crowded during the weekdays unlike other overcrowed tourist attractions in China.

Thank Yuh-Jiun C
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