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Xuanwu Lake Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Explore the islands, temples, bonsai museum and beautiful flower- and tree-filled gardens of a huge park with an ancient history.

The lake in the center of the huge Xuan Wu Lake Park is crisscrossed with bridges and dotted with islands, which you can spend hours exploring. Walk among the cherry blossoms and weeping willows of the gardens and enjoy the architecture of pagodas and pavilions.

The beauty and charm of this 1,097-acre (444-hectare) park dates back to its days as an imperial garden and hunting ground, from A.D. 222 to A.D. 859. It is named after a black water dragon thought to have been seen guarding the lake.

Stroll along the edge of the lake and cross the bridges to visit Xuan Wu’s five islands. Each one is filled with statues, temples, pavilions and shrubs, such as pines and weeping willows. Every August Liang Island stands out for its impressive annual chrysanthemum display, with fantastical sculptures created with the flowers. Also on the island is a bonsai museum and a goldfish pond. Cui Isle is noted for its pine and cypress trees and bamboo plants.

Rent a boat and paddle across the lake, at the center of which is a huge statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, surrounded by sculptures of happy children.

The park is very popular with Nanjing locals on the weekends, so if you want to avoid crowds come during the week. You can even enjoy the park during the evenings. It is well lit and is a favorite with joggers, dancers and tai chi practitioners at this time of day. A particularly good time to see the park is in spring when everything is in bloom.

Xuan Wu Lake Park covers a large area and there are several entrances, some of which are close to public transportation connections. The park is open every day and while admission is free, there is a charge to visit the islands. After your visit, go to the nearby Ming Dynasty Nanjing City Wall. Walk along the top for a great view over the lake and the islands.

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5 out of 5
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Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing
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5 out of 5
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The Westin Nanjing Xuanwu Lake
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The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing
The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing
5 out of 5
No 18 Zhongshan Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
The price is $203 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing
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5 out of 5
329 Zhongyang Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu
The price is $96 per night from May 10 to May 11
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The Westin Nanjing Xuanwu Lake
The Westin Nanjing Xuanwu Lake
5 out of 5
201 Zhong Yang Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu
The price is $91 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Atour Hotel Xuanwu Gate Nanjing
Atour Hotel Xuanwu Gate Nanjing
4 out of 5
No.266 Central Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing, Jiangsu
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4 out of 5
No. 266 Zhongyang Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing, Jiangsu
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Holiday Inn Nanjing Xuanwu Lake, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 199 Longpan Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
The price is $62 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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