Haigeng Park, Kunming
Key Words:Dianchi Lake;The red-beaked seagulls feeding in Kunming
Location:the village is 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) far from downtown Kunming
Haigeng Park is mainly a natural scenic spot and a lakeside bathing beach with green willows, sky-piercing eucalyptuses, and blooming flowers. The part and the nearby fishing villages merge harmoniously into one. On bright sunny days, the water stretches out in a boundless expanse; white clouds float lazily across the blue sky while gentle waves are rippling, sails are drifting with the current and sea gulls are skimming over the water.
On moonlit nights, gentle breeze caresses you fondlingly while the silver moonlight shimmers on the wrinkled surface of the lake; the dim reflection of the Western Hills flickers in the lake, while the lights of fishing boats flare. Haigeng is a natural lakeside park where you can enjoy the enchanting beauty of nature, go swimming in summer, and go angling in the four seasons.
There are four Dragon Kings who are the divine rulers of the four seas (each sea corresponds to one of the cardinal directions) in Chinese mythology. Although Dragon Kings appear in their true forms as dragons, they have the ability to shift shape into human form. The Dragon Kings live in crystal palaces, guarded by shrimp soldiers and crab generals. Besides ruling over the aquatic life, the Dragon Kings also manipulate clouds and rain. When enraged, they can flood cities. They are very important divines for Chinese since traditional Chinese society is a agriculture society.
Located at the western edge of the Haigeng Park, the Dragon King’s Temple once was an important worship site for fishers who live by the Dianchi Lake and indigenous people of Kunming. They prayed for good harvest and favorable climate here. And every year on Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Sanyuesan Festival (March 3 of Chinese Lunar Calendar) and some major holidays and events, grand rally would be held here.
How to get there:
From the railway station, you can take No.24 or No.44 bus.
You could enjoy the beautifull scenery on the lake by boating, or enjoy other different landscapes, local delicacy and culture by bicycle!