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Xinan River Introduction


 

Xinan River(新安江, literally translated as New Settlement River) was named after the old name of Huizhou. Originated from Huizhou, Huangshan to Qiantang River at Jiangde, Hangzhou, when enters Lanjiang River, it is a regionally famous tourist resort for its cultural and natural landscapes. With a total length of 373 kilometers and a drainage area of over 11,000 square kilometers, it is the main source of Qiantang River. In four seasons, Xinan River always offers the riverside residents and travelers a clear water quality and tranquil environment. The water is said to be drinkable directly, and this is the reason to explain why Nongfu Spring, a brand name of domestic purified water supplier headquartered in Jiande, always thinks of itself as the remover of the nature. This is a business waterway from Huizhou to Hangzhou for businessmen to find their market and resources. This is a nationally famous painting gallery of mountains and waters (山水画廊) as well for its great natural landscapes on both sides of the river. Xian River from Huizhou to Hangzhou is also a famous route of poem, on this route, there used to be lots of poets creating their themed poems to praise the fantastic beauty of Xinan River, and the representatives of poets were Meng Haoran and Liu Changqing. Today, it is a national level place of interest. Stretching along the indication of nature, the whole journey is dotted with innumerous highlighted tourist sites.

The typical scenic spots scattering along the beautiful river are represented by White Sand Bridge (Baishaqiao), Red Pond (Zhuchi), Phoenix Alighting Hill (Luofengshan), Plum City (Meicheng) and Double Pagodas Piercing Clouds (Shuangta Lingyun). The stone White Sand Bridge is 362 meters long, 11 meters wide and 24 meters high. Its major section is erected on six arches, each spanning 50 meters. There hundred and forty stone lions of different sizes and postures are carved along the two balustrades. The bridge's architectural style combines those of the Zhaozhou Bridge in Hebei Province and the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing. At the Calabash Waterfall, though only 1.5 meters wide, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular scene. Water pours down a hundred-meter-high cliff into a calabash-shaped rock cave half way down the cliff and then flushes out from the bottom of the cave down to a deep pond. Below the pond, over twenty smaller falls at different heights link up to form a spectacular sight above the gully. The adjacent area is embellished with pavilions and bridges. The Xinan River Reservoir, a huge manmade lake for the Xinan River hydropower station with a generating capacity of 650,000 kw, can equal Taihu Lake in vastness and the West Lake in scenery. It is intoxicating to row on the reservoir.



The Night View of Xinan River in Jiande, Hangzhou


The Picturesque Landscape of Xinan River in Hangzhou


The Natural Landscape of Xinan River in Huizhou, Huangshan



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