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Shihu Lake (Lake Shi)

Lake Shi (Chinese:
石湖) or Shihu Lake, literally Stone Lake.

Shihu Lake (Lake Shi in Suzhou)
Shihu Lake is a fresh water lake located in the southeast of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. Lake Shi was a bay of the Lake Tai in ancient times, now is closed to Shangfang Mountain, which is a national forest park of China, and it is about 4.5 kilometers away from the urban area of Suzhou. Shihu Lake Scenic Resort is having majestic hill and beautiful water views which are the essence of pastoral scenery of lower reaches of Yangtze River. It has rich cultural relics from the Wu and Yue states with the history of over 1,000 years. 

Suzhou_Private_Tours_Suzhou_Travel_Guide_Suzhou_Tour_Guide_Suzhou_Highlights_Shihu_Lake3.jpgThe scenic area boasts abundant Wu and Yue relics as well as ancient temples, towers, tombs and villas of celebrities such as Fan Chengda, a Song-dynasty poet. The area also claims scenic wonders such as fish village, Tianjin House, Xinchun Bridge, Yuehen Bridge, Gu Yewang's Tomb, Yuechen Bridge and cultural relics from the Stone Age. 

As a lagoon of the Taihu Lake, it was given the name because of its stone bed. In the Spring and Autumn Period, the lake was used by the King of Wu as a leisure site, but it also served as a battleground of fights between the Wu and Yue states. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), folklore activities, called Chaining Moons on the Stone Lake, have been held here on the 18th of the eighth month of the lunar year every year. It's said that in the Spring & Autumn period, Yue State dug a channel through the mountain foot to reach Suzhou so as to fight against Wu State. This channel became today's Shihu Lake.


In additional to the must-see old villas and natural scenery, the Barbecue Zone of Yue Causeway is the largest of its kind in Suzhou today. It has a total of 80 stoves, with a lot of modern barbecue tools and facilities. Travelers can also sail small boats on the tiny stream. 

The Movie Culture Area is in the architectural style of over 2,000 years ago. It has already attracted many film and TV series makers to weave their dreams. And the Exotic Restaurant Zone is actually a large boat with some smaller ones berthed on the scenic Shihu Lake. The restaurant has hired Suzhou food historians to research the local boat cuisine, thus it serves authentic and delicious dishes.Now Shihu lake resort bacome the top attractions for visitors to relaxed themselves. 

Suzhou_Private_Tours_Suzhou_Travel_Guide_Suzhou_Tour_Guide_Suzhou_Highlights_Shihu_Lake4.jpgShihu Moon String (石湖串月)
The most famous spot of it is "Lake Shi String of Moons" (From the lake, you can see the Lengjia Hill on one side and green waters on the other side. In front of you is the panorama of charming rural scenes. The lake's wide surface looks like a huge verdant mirror. On the 18th day of the lunar eighth month, when you stand at the head of the Xinchun Bridge, you can see moon reflections in a string floating upon the waves. People from Suzhou and other parts of China make night tours to enjoy this marvelous scene of “Shihu Moon String.” 

Shangfangshan Hill National Forest Park
Shangfangshan Hill National Forest Park (Stone Lake) lies in the Shihu Lake Scenic Zone and the Lake Taihu Scenic Zone and is 4 km away from the downtown of Suzhou. The park was approved as a national forest conservation park by the State Ministry of Forest of in 1992.

The park covers a land of 500 hectares and the forest-covering rate is higher than 95%. Its eco-system is well protected.


How to get to Shihu Lake
Bus Routes:
Take No. 415, 33 and get off Xingchunqiao (xingchun Bridge) stop

Admission Fee: Free       {CNY 40 (Shangfangshan Hill National Forest Park)}
Opening Time: 8:00-20:00
Time for Visit: 1-2 Hours
Best Time to Visit: Autumn and Spring

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