“Fish Viewing at Flower Port” is an insanely popular attraction being one of the Ten Classic Scenes of West Lake (花港觀魚, “huagan guanyu”). The “Flower Port” is an enormous 4 acre park with peony gardens, bamboo paths and willow tress. The Red Carp Pond is the habitat of thousands of carps, glowing in gold and shimmering in orange. While it is entertaining to watch the carps squeeze through each other, fighting for food; it is also pretty amusing to watch people adjust themselves, peeping over shoulders, standing on their toes, fighting for a view!
The precious stone slab is inscribed by Emperor Qianglong with “Flish Viewing at Flower Port” (花港觀魚). If you know the Chinese language, you might notice a word seemed to be written wrongly – 魚, the word that means fish. The four strokes““ beneath the character is the Chinese radical that represents “fire”. While emperor Qianglong was writing on the stone slab, he thought that the thousands of carps in the pond should swim carefree instead of being burnt by fire! So as he wrote the very last word, he wrote fish (魚) with three strokes “` instead, with the three strokes being the Chinese radical for “water”, hoping that the carps will be able to keep swimming. An intended mistake yet marvelous and ingenious at the same time!
Enjoy more fishy photos below!
Address: Xishan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007, China
Entrance Fee: No.
Opening Hours: 24 hours.