How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou

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Are you going to visit Yellow Dragon Cave during your Hangzhou trip? 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.

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.

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.

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

                  
Ticketing office resembles an ancient money exchange style in Song Dynasty.

Ancient Money Exchange Style Ticketing office

Two ponds wait for you when you enter the main gate. The ponds lined on both sides of the path are luck related ponds. 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 square hole in the middle of the ancient coin carried by the children is the “luck-hitting hole”. If you hit the hole, you will get your desired wish.

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 pond lined on the left side of the path is also a luck related pond

The path leads to the four major attractions in the garden within the white wall.

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 park – Marridge Temple, a Performance Stage. Square Bamboo Garden and Yellow Dragon in green.

The signboard indicates the four major sights in the Yellow Dragon Cave – Marriadge Temple, Performance Terrace, Square Bamboo Garden and Yellow Dragon in green

Visit the Yellow Dragon Cave Garden clockwise, you will first come cross a unique Square Bamboo Garden, a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of a variety of bamboo, black bamboo, square bamboo. etc.

Square Bamboo Garden

Marriage Temple or Match making temple. The spring gushes out from the head of the yellow dragon and falls into the pond bebow. The rock stands on the pond with the carved words “Any water can be holy with the presence of a dragon”.

spring gushes out from the head of the yellow dragon and falls into the pond below

In the center of the yard, you will see a big stage. Everyday the famous opera will performed with numerous retired local residents and visitors flocking in.

Enjoying ancient opera of love story

It seems that Yellow Dragon Cave area has become an ideal hangout for retirees. Inside the Yellow Dragon Cave, they see the performances on the stage; outside the park, they play cards, play taiji and sing songs!

Local retirees are playing cards or chess. Sing a song in a public place outside Yellow Dragon Cave.

Sing a song in a public place outside Yellow Dragon Cave.

Hangzhou is also a paradise for senior people. To understand Hangzhou, come to the Yellow Dragon Cave!!

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