This 1 mile (1.6km) long lake is located outside the city walls to the northeast of the city centre. It was once an important water source for the city and was used for naval exercises during the Song dynasty. The lake park was opened to the public shortly after the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911. The 368 hectare lake features five small islands that are all linked to each other by bridges and causeways. It also features teahouses, restaurants, pavilions, boats for hire and even a small zoo.
Xuanwu Lake is situated on the northern part of Nanjing. The name "xuanwu" refers to the black tortoise, and is a symbol of the direction "North" in Chinese Fengshui (the East is represented by "qinglong", the green dragon; the West by "baihu" the white tiger and the South is represented by "zhuque" the red phoenix).
The bank of the Lake has rows of Chinese willows, swaying softly in the wind.
Think this was not the right time to visit the lake, as again the sky was very foggy. Guess the best time to visit is during spring... This photo looked very similar to the one that I took at Hangzhou West Lake. At first, I almost forgot which lake this is. There is a park here and it is one of the most favourite attractions of Nanjing citizens.
Xuanwu lake lies in the northeast of Nanjing.It is near the railway station & out of the city wall. Xuanwu Lake used to be the drilling camp of the imperial navy. At the end of the Qing dynasty, it was turned into a park, which occupied an area of 434 hectares with 368 hectares in water.
Admission Fees of RMB10 is required
Located in People's Park (once a private imperial preserve), this lovely lake contains five islets, linked by embankments and arched bridges and surrounded by thousands of weeping willow trees. There's also a zoo, a playground, an open-air theatre, a skating rink, a bonsai garden and goldfish aquarium.
Xuanwu lake is a big and beautiful park in the city. It is really nice to have such a green site in this big city.