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9 Creeks and 18 Gullies


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Nine creeks and eighteen gullies(九溪十八涧) is a popular environmentally-friendly trekking route in Hangzhou. It starts from the entrance, located on the riverside of Qiantang River and near to the Six Harmonies Pagoda and Zhijiang Campus of Zhejiang University, to Longjing Village and Manlong Village, which are respectively connected with Longjing Green Tea Plantation and Hangzhou Zoo.

If possible, traveler can rent the free public bike to have a cycling trip along the Qiantang River or across the No.1 Qiantang River Bridge, which was a famous project designed by Mao Yisheng. to view the fabulous landscape on the both sides of the Zhijiang Road. As you arrive at Zhijiang Campus, just go ahead several minutes more, the entrance of the Nine Creeks Scenic Area is available.

The whole scenic area is free of charge, and quite suitable for the outside walking and cycling, thanks for the great mountainous roads. There is a wild environment, except the buses and the cars go and come, you may mistake that you just go through a virgin forest. The best time to travel here is later spring and summertime. Along the road, there are lots of the cottages and tea farmers’ house in which traveler can stay for leisure, drinking and eating. The easily-seen plants are the tea trees.

The highlight of the scenic area is the scenic spot widely known as Jiu Xi Yan Shu(九溪烟树, literally Nine Creeks in Misty Forest), there is a large artificial pool with the crystal water. The best time to view the scene is autumn. At the time, the surrounding trees are red absolutely with a red shadow on the pool. It looks so fantastic! Behind the pool, there is a steep and narrow path nearby a small but eye-catching waterfall, and the path is quite dangerous and high, and the old people must be careful.

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This is the Stele of Nine Creeks in Misty Forest, or Jiuxi Yanshu,a travel highlight of this scenic area

Yangmei Summit is a large village located on both sides of the road. The houses are quite different, and most of them are the residences of the local tea farmers. It is an ideal place enjoying your weekend time due to its special location in the mountains. Crossing the summit, there is a wide road towards the Hupao Road. There is a bus stop with only one bus –No.87. You can along the road to enjoy your walking time. It is nice. The Manlong Village on the way is so beautiful and impressive. Osmanthus sweets are the local typical souvenir. Then arriving at a crossing site, there is a Wulaofeng Tube, and you just walk to the opposite side for several minutes, finally there is Hupao Road.

This is an aerobic exercise. The total time consumption is approximately 4 hours by walk. But some parts of the road are hard to walk, so it is better to wear the sports shoes, and carry some bottles of water.

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