Local folklore has it that two mighty tigers came from Hengshan mountain and dug a hole in the spot where the spring’s fountain gushes forth. Longjing tea and Tiger-running Spring water are known as the two wonders of the West Lake.
Xixi Wetland Park
A short drive from the Lake, Xixi (“West stream”) is believed to have been discovered in the Han dynasty more than one thousand years ago. The scenic retreat rose to prominence during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and its popularity has been recently revived.
Legend has it that Feilai Feng, or ‘the Peak that flew hither’, was originally from India but flew to Hangzhou overnight as a demonstration of the omnipotence of Buddhist law. A large number of carvings can be found on the limestone peak’s surface, as well as in its various caves and grottoes.