Attraction Within Santanyinyue Islet, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007, China Published on: 20-08-2016
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Why Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is special ?
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, shown on the 1 RMB note, is located in the south central portion of Hangzhou’s West Lake. The name also refers to Xiaoying Island, one of the three islands in West Lake, along with Mid-Lake Pavilion (Hu Xin Ting) and Ruan Gong Islet (Ruan Gong Dun). The three pools refer to the three pear-shaped pagodas arranged in a triangle in the water. Erected by the poet and public official Su Shi, their purpose was to indicate that water chestnuts and lotus plants were not allowed to be grown in the area to prevent silt from building up in the lake. Later, during the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty, the three pagodas were rebuilt. The existing ones were reconstructed in 1699 during the 38th year of Emperor Kangxi’s reign in the Qing Dynasty.
What to explore at Three Pools Mirroring the Moon?
The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is one of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake. The three miniature stone pagodas rising from the water are two meters in height respectively, and were first built in Yuanyou in the fourth year of the Song Dynasty (1089) on the bank of the lake. Spherical in shape, they are hollowed inside, with 5 holes on the surface of the bulb. When the full moon is shining high above in the sky, people would light candles in the pagodas and seal the holes with thin paper. Shining through the holes, the candlelight is reflected on the surface of the water as if there were many little moons, producing a marvelous scene of "one moon in the sky, three silhouettes in the water". The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is thus named.
These pagodas produce many magic views of the moon in the water, making people nostalgic and reminiscent of the woebegone days and happy moments in the past. On the night of the Autumn Moon Festival, the isle and its three miniature pagodas are the best attraction for moon spectators.
How to get to Three Pools Mirroring the Moon?
You can visit the place by hiring a boat. A round trip to Three Pools Mirroring the Moon will take you about RMB 45.
Within Santanyinyue Islet, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007, China
This is located in the lake a distance away from the shore. To see it at close distance, you would need to take a small boat cruise of more than one hour costing 300 yuan per boat. The good news is that u can have up to 5-6 passengers on the boat. This is actually a water level measuring device that was used more than 900 years ago, created by Su Dong Po who was the magistrate then. It comprises of three pagoda like structure measuring water level at 3 different locations on the lake. However, due to the creation of an island in the lake, one of the piece had been moved closer to the other two. It is also the picture behind the one yuan.
Nice place for sightseeing. It's located in a beautiful island with a lake inside a lake. Accessible only by ferry and boat.