A lake, a mountain and a hotel
Tai Lake: Located within Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, Tai Lake is surrounded by Huzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou. It covers an area of 800 kilometers and a total area of 2,400 square kilometers. Huzhou now administers the water area of 70 meters off the Tai Lake coastline and development rights of the area of 300 square kilometers. There are 48 islands of different sizes and 72 peaks in Tai Lake and Dalei Mountain and Xiaolei Mountain in Huzhou.
Mount Bian: Located in the northwest of downtown Huzhou, crossing the boundary of Changxing County, Mount Bian is the major mountain in Huzhou. It links Tiaoxi River to the south and borders Tai Lake to the north. Mountains link each other from east to west. The old county annals describe that the mountain covers more than 100 kilometers, although each mountain has its own name, they are actually parts of Mount Bian. With an altitude of 521.6 meters, Yunfeng Peak, the main peak, stands towering in the center of Mount Bian just like a flying roc and is famous for its vast and forceful scenery.
La Lune Hotel (Huzhou Sheraton Hotel): Designed by the world-renowned architect Ma Yansong and funded by Shanghai Feizhou Group, La Lune Hotel is also called the Platinum Seven-Star Hotel which costs CNY 1.5 billion. In the shape of a crescent or a ring, the hotel linking water and land of Tai Lake is a landmark by the Tai Lake in Huzhou, which is known as the hinterland of Yangtze River Delta. Sheraton Hotel is 101.2 meters high and 116 meters wide. There are 23 storeys on the ground and 2 storeys under the ground. Taking the mineral-rich hot spring as its resource and featuring jade decoration, this hotel has 321 guest rooms including 37 hot spring villas and 2 presidential villas. It is managed and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s Sheraton Hotel, attracting many distinguished guests and travel agencies in and out of the province.
Add: Yuren Wharf, Tai Lake Tourism Resort, Huzhou
A wetland, a temple and a site
Changtianyang Wetland: Abutting Taihu Road to the east, Mount Bian to the west, the Tai Lake to the north and downtown Huzhou to the south, 6000-mu Changtianyang Wetland is identified as wetland resource with the most developing potential and attractiveness around the Tai Lake by World Tourism Organization. It has intact environment, featuring intertwined rivers, numerous fish ponds and diverse vegetations in the wetland. The ecological environment and the biodiversity is favorable here and there are many habitats for birds such as white sparrow, egret and wild duck. Changtianyang and Xitangyang are two largest wetlands and their water areas are 0.5 square kilometer and 0.25 square kilometer respectively.
Fahua Temple: Located in Fahua Mountain, southwest of Tai Lake Tourism Resort, Fahua Temple, a.k.a. Baique Temple, was built in the Liang Dynasty with a history of more than 1700 years. It is said that Huzhou is the birthplace of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva and Fahua Temple is where Avalokitesvara achieves the immortal-hood. On the birthday, the day when Avalokitesvara becomes a monk and the day when Avalokitesvara achieves the immortal-hood, groups of devout worshippers come to pray for fortune and luck. According to folklore, Baique Mountain is where Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva becomes a monk and Putuo Mountain in Zhoushan City is where Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva achieves the immortal-hood. Those who believe in Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva cannot but visit Baique Mountain and Putuo Mountain.
Add: Fahua Temple is located in Shidou Mountain, at eastern foot of Mount Bian, Yangbaixian Road, Huzhou
Contact: Abbot Puying
Qiucheng Site: Clutching the Xiaomeikou entrance of Tai Lake and fronting water and with a hill at the back, Qiucheng Site is favorable for offence and defense. It is the earliest city in the history in Huzhou, which dates back to the late Spring and Autumn Period and was built by Fu Gai, younger brother of Fu Chai, king of the Kingdom of Wu. The total area of the site is 30,000 square meters and the site belongs to major historical and cultural sites under provincial protection. There are Neolithic Age Sites in the eastern, southern and southwestern part of Qiucheng, thus earning its name “Qiucheng Site”. The upper layer is about Majiabang Culture, which dates back to 6000 years ago. Archaeologists have discovered large architecture ruins, stone implements which were means of production then, pottery pig, and animal remains such as cattle, deer, pig and fish, indicating that people had settled down to life involving weaving, pottery and rearing poultry. The middle layer of the site is about Songze Culture, which dates back to more than 5000 years ago. The upper layer of the site is ancient city walls in the Spring and Autumn Period.
A shop, a park and a square
Outlet Discount Shop: Located in the center of Meidong Section in Huzhou Tai Lake Tourism Resort, Outlet Discount Shop is founded and constructed by Outlet Discount Shop Co., Ltd. It covers an area of 310, 000 square meters and a total construction area of 185, 600 square meters. It mainly consists of Outlet Fashion Shopping Mall, SHOPPINGMALL and high-end business hotels. Outlet “Ballet Town” boasts its advantages such as upscale brands, preferential price, sufficient supply, comfortable environment and professional operation. Besides, CB Richard Ellis, world’s largest commercial real estate services company, will offer its real estate counselling service to make every customer have fun in shopping here.
Faxiandao Amusement Park: Covering an area of 668 mu, Faxiandao Amusement Park is next to Changdou Port to the west and Tai Lake to the north and borders Binhu Road to the east and south. There are five major products here, including amusement products such as various large-scale symbolic facilities like ferries wheel, special show room, indoor playroom, Children’s profession pavilion, and matching water bar; commercial block products such as Lake Walk Commercial Street (theme catering, theme bar and theme shop), and special coffee shop; cultural products such as film culture square and special show; leisure products such as the resort hotel cluster (five-star resort hotel, property hotel, time share hotel and scenery holiday apartments); intelligent and creative industrial products such as creative industiral park project with creativity and peculiarity which are unique to Huzhou.
Golden Lakeshore Square: Attaching Changdou Port to the east, linking Binghu Road to the west and bordering Sheraton Hotel and Tai Lake, Golden Lakeshore Square is not only a comprehensive square integrating leisure, catering, wedding celebrating, lake-viewing and collection and distribution, but also the best place to appreciate the beautiful scenery of Tai Lake and enjoy ourselves. The western part of Mingjue Yacht Club has been built now, costing nearly 300 million RMB and covering an area of 200, 000 square meters. The lakeshore stretches about 5 kilometers, consisting of two major blocks: the central block and the causeway block. Covering the total area of 650,000 square meters, the central block, the moon square, consists of the axis of fountain, the great lawn and comercial buildings of 10,000 square meters. The latter consists of the existing Binhu wharf block, the newly-built waterside platform, the square used for collection and distribution, matching facilities for tourism and leisure, and public art work, covering an area of 135,000 square meters.