On the West Lake, there are little islets where you can visit by boat. The three adjoining islets with refreshing Chinese gardens and the three pagodas on the water form the attraction of “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”. When candles or lamps are placed within the pagoda, the light emits from the 5 holes on the pagoda. With 3 pagodas, from afar it looks like 15 little moons shining on the lake. If you count the reflections on the water, that makes 30 moons. Adding on the actual moon on the sky and its reflection – it is thought that the maximum number of “moons” you can see is 32 moons – and hence the name “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”.
The pagodas were originally built some 1000 years ago for a practical purpose as an indicator for people not to grow any plantations to prevent sedimentation in the lake. The current pagodas were rebuilt in 1699 and today the scenic spot is symbolic and it appears on the note of RMB 1.
The boat ride is a short one at RMB 45 per person (inclusive of to and fro).
There are posher boat rides if you wish!
The gardens are lovely with zigzagging bridges, pavilions and lotus flowers.
Simple lunches are available on the islets.
After your visit, you can choose to go back to the original port you came from or choose the port that takes you to your next destination including the Hubin Port, Flower Port (Huagang) or the Zhong Shan Port where the Yue Fei Temple is. Enjoy more photos below 🙂
Address: on the West Lake
Opening Hours: Daily 8am -6pm