Xuanwu lake

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Xuanwu lake
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
There are many places to rent small motor powered boats on the lake for 140 RMB an hour + 500 RMB deposit. The boats can sit four to six people and we thought the ones with the red and green striped sides and the ones with two animal heads to be the fastest. The duck and swan boats are nice because you can have four to five people seated facing each other but the bird head will block your view. The west side was much less busy so we went that way for the views of the wall, Zifeng Tower and Jiming Temple.

Quite a few inexperienced boaters when we went so we kept our distance while we watched people play accidental bumper boats. One hour is more than enough time on the lake and do plan your time because the boats are slow!
Written March 30, 2021
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FlyfishermanBeijing
Beijing, China248 contributions
Dec 2019
Huge lake at a middle of Nanjing. At Xuanwu lake can easily spend whole day by walking and resting for while. During my visit, place was not crowded (before Corona pandemic). My absolutely favourite spot were Bonsai garden. If you want have some peaceful moment during visit busy Nanjing, i strongly recommend Xuanwu lake.
Written June 19, 2020
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,285 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We went here late in the day as part of our Nanjing tour. There’s a tram that takes you through the five islands. Since we don’t speak Chinese our guides made sure we sat with them so we could have someone tell us what we were seeing. It was quite busy as it was a beautiful day, and glad we had tour guides/translators. There are a variety of things to do, including swan boat rentals. It was a good place to end our tour as it isn’t too far from the train station.
Written March 18, 2020
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Abramis
Hangzhou, China2,055 contributions
Dec 2019 • Business
Xuanwu lake is pretty muck ok place for a visit. We got there through the main entrance. It was pretty cold evening when we walked around the islands. During the evening the lights made the place much prettier than during day time. I believe most tourists would visit this area when in Nanjing. You can come here just for a short walk. Or you could just jog around the lake. There are many boat operators as well. Shame fishing is not allowed. Cycling on islands seems also banned.
Written February 24, 2020
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Jo-Ann
Washington15,461 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Huge lake. There are 5 islets across this lake so plenty to explore and experience. We were there on the last day of the Coffee Festival so that was extra for us. However, it was realllllllly crowded.
Written November 2, 2021
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Gopala Krishna ... A
Tadepalligudem, India128 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
The Xuanwu lake in Nanjing is a beautiful setting. The lake occupies 444 hectares of prime land and has a circumference of 15 km. There is no entrance fee surprisingly. The lake and parks are well maintained. Litter is minimal. Though the place is overcrowded, you will always find a nook or corner for yourself. Plenty of space and beautiful settings. Different type of boats are available - pedal type, battery powered and even large houseboats. Enjoy a serene trip across the lake.

There are several parks too where you can get immersed in the nature. There is a children park with dinosaurs which were swaying to music. An orchestra was belting out at one end. Another end had a chinese band. One open hall was having a congregation of physically handicapped.

There are lots of snack bars everywhere. Then there are numerous stalls for the tourists to pick up some novelties. The entrance is below the Nanjing wall. You will find a toy train with three carriages plus several battery powered vehicles that can carry about 10 passengers, all operated by ladies. A 30 RMB fee (30 min trip) will take you around the parks and lake. You need more than a day if you want to explore the facility yourself. And be prepared for a lot of walking.

It is quite easy to reach this place. If you are coming by metro, get down at Xuanwu gate in the direction of Maigaoquio on Line I. It is also close to Nanjing Railway station and the Hongshan Zoo.
Written October 20, 2013
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Ian H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates33 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
The Xuanwu lake and park is close to the city centre but really works well as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of an 8 million plus city. It is very well maintained and spotlessly clean. It's a worthwhile visit for anyone with a half day to absorb a different side of this fantastic city
Written June 5, 2019
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dunedaink
Shenzhen, China54 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Just outside the old city walls, you can find Xuanwu Lake. Walk around the lakeshore, or just meander for a stretch and circle back toward the city proper. There are also bridges if you’d like to visit the islands in the middle of the lake.

Grassy banks surround the water (see photo). It seems an ideal spot for a picnic lunch or a stroll, but I don’t see the appeal of walking the entirety of the paths, or devoting a whole afternoon.

Paddle boats are available for rent, and inevitably clog up the lake, which surely must detract from an afternoon of relaxation.

A good place for families with young children or elderly people wanting some easy exercise. The walking paths are paved and flat, and there are plenty of places to sit or lie down for awhile.
Written May 9, 2019
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65Graham65
Canberra, Australia223 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
A great lake to walkaround or better (across). A bteer lake to my mind than the better known west lake at Hangzhou
Written October 25, 2012
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gmr-ta
Tel Aviv39 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
It's a lovely day at the lake.Take the electric car tour from the entrance and you will see all of the 5 islands including a lovely flower garden.
Written May 17, 2012
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