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Forests on water

By Teng Mu

September 7

Smoky forests on the water

Smoky forests on the water

Lizhong Water Forest Park, 17km northwest of Xinghua, Jiangsu, is the largest artificial forest in East China. Its unique landscape makes it an ideal destination to relax.

Built in the 1980s with a total area of 253.46 hectares and about 70 hectares of forest coverage, Lizhong Water Forest Park is one of the largest parks of its kind in East China. It  provides a habitat for more than 100,000 metasequoia and over 110 rare bird species that include owls, widgeons, egrets, black cuckoos and swan geese. Entering the park, you will be welcomed by endless bird calls and tweeting.

Lizhong Water Forest [Image Credit: Guoxing]
Lizhong Water Forest [Image Credit: Guoxing]
Besides its amazing natural environment, the park has numerous trails and bridges, as well as gaily-painted boats, bamboo rafts and fishing platforms. You can do something active, or just sit in peace with a cup of tea.

Best time to visit: spring and autumn

Entry: 80 yuan/person (including admission and bamboo rafting)

Transport: Take the train to Xinghua, then a bus from Xinghua to Lizhong.

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Links: Another two water forests worth visiting are the Seven Small Holes Water Forest in Libo, Guizhou:

Best time to visit: all year round

Entry: 120yuan/person

Transport: Take the train to Guiyang, then the bus from Guiyang to Libo County.

Opening hours: 07:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.

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Lizhong Water Forest Park [Image Credit: Jiajun]
and the Green Mountain Water Forest Park in Lin’an, Zhejiang:

Best time to visit: all year round

Entry: 120 yuan/person(including admission and on-water amusement activity)

Transport: Take the train to Hangzhou, then the bus from Hangzhou to Lin’an.

Opening hours:

Peak season: 8:00 a.m. – 04:30p.m.

Off season: 07:30a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

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