How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou

Are you going to visit Yellow Dragon Cave during your Hangzhou tour. There are two famous attractions in China in the same name of “Yellow Dragon Cave”. One is in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province; the other in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province.

The Yellow Dragon Cave in Zhangjiajie is a cave as its name suggests, a karst cave with 2 underground rivers and hundreds of thousands of stalagmites, columns and stalactites while the so called “Yellow Dragon Cave” in Hanghzou is now actually a typical Chinese traditional garden at the foot of Xixia Range of the Northern Hill in Hangzhou.

ABC of the Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou

Historically the Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou used to be a buddhist temple during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. In 1922, the Yellow Dragon Cave turned into a taoist temple. After 1949, the Yellow Dragon Cave was taken over by Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Cultural Relics. Trees were planted, bridges and pavilions repaired, made into an important attraction of the Northern Hill in Hangzhou.

The name of Yellow Dragon Cave comes from the legend that one day Monk Huikai in Southern Song Dynasty suddenly heard a loud thunder with the coming of a Yellow Dragon who brought ceaseless water gushing from its month, hence the name of “Yellow Dragon Cave”.

Now Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou has less religious atmosphere. It has become a unique Chinese garden as well as a theme park or garden focused on “Good Luck”, a folk and custom of Chinese traditional culture. It is now offcially known as Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green ( 黄龙吐翠).

Location of Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green (Google)

So whether you are going to visit Yellow Dragon Cave during your Hangzhou tour largely depends on your person taste. Though it is not a must see sight in Hangzhou, if you are interestd in Chinese gardening or local folk and custom, it is advisable for you to visit this special attraction in Hangzhou.

How to get there and entrance fee

Entrance fee: RMB15.

Thee are several public buses running to the Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou such as Y3, Y4 Y5, No.16, 21, 23, 28, K101, K599.

Or you walk from Yuefei Temple up to Xixian range, then walk down to Yellow Dragon Cave, which takes about 1 hour.

Add: Shuguang Road in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
Admission fee: RMB 15
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

The main gate to Yellow Dragon Cave  

The main gate to the Yellow Dragon Cave
Ancient Money Exchange Style Ticketing office
The six statues of children here in the ponds represents the six kinds of luck — wealth, love, marriage, learning, official career and having a son
The pond lined on the left side of the path is also a luck related pond
The path leads to the four major attraction in the garden within the white wall.
The signboard indicates the four major sights in the Yellow Dragon Cave – Marriadge Temple, Performance Terrace, Square Bamboo Garden and Yellow Dragon in green
Square Bamboo Garden
spring gushes out from the head of the yellow dragon and falls into the pond below
Enjoying ancient opera of love story
Sing a song in a public place outside Yellow Dragon Cave.

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

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