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Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area

Yellow Dragon Cave is the highlights of classic view of Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green(黄龙吐翠), which ranks as one of ten new classic views of West Lake Scenic Area. Yellow Dragon Cave is located on the Shuguang Road(曙光路), the north side of Qixia Hill of Hangzhou, and close to Zhejiang library. The famous historic site named Huguo Renwang Temple(护国仁王寺, Temple of Benevolent King and State Protection) is located at the side of the entrance of Yellow Dragon Cave. The ancient site of Yellow Dragon Cave is in the middle of the scenic area. Since South Song Dynasty, this site was one of top five places to sacrifice to the dragons around the west lake scenic area. In Qing Dynasty, there were 24 classic scenic spots in Hangzhou, and Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area was one of them. In 1985, an archaized public park officially named Huanglong Tucui(Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green) was established as a comprehensive tourist attraction featuring the religious culture, humanity culture and temple-themed gardens.

yellow dragon cave scenic area
Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area
yellow dragon cave scenic area
Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area

The Origin of Its Name

There are diverse legends on the origin of Yellow Dragon Cave. One is said to be in memory of a young yellow dragon that died from leading the residences of Hangzhou to defeat the evil old yellow dragon, and the local people shaped a statue of yellow dragon head at the site of his death, so this site was named Yellow Dragon Cave, and the rainfall was considered to be the tears flowing out of the body of the young yellow dragon. The other is like this: a monk from the Yellow Dragon Mountain of Jiangxi province established a temple over here roughly in the reign of Emperor Chunyou in Song Dynasty, and one day, a yellow dragon flied here, and stopped on a rock, and opened its mouth, and the clear springwater spewed out, therefore, this site was named officially The Yellow Dragon Cave.

The Inside of Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave is themed with the traditional culture of Taoism, and the gate keeps the original style of Taoist temple. This gate is quite famous in culture of China for its couplet, and it only has eight basic Chinese characters, but embodies rich cultural elements of traditional China, and it ranks one of the most classic creations of philosophy and literature among the thousands of couplets around the West Lake Scenic Area. >

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The View of Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area Nearby Hangzhou West Lake

黄泽不竭 – Yellow (Dao derived from Emperor Yellow) Pond Never Get Dried
老子其犹 – Lao Zi Looks Like …(subjective omission in hidden meaning)

Literally, it is hard to be understood in meaning, but actually it is polished in a rhetorical way of omission. This couplet specifically expresses the basic but deep meaning of Taoism. Basically, the Dao originated from Emperor Yellow like the water of deep pond is never dried out (this is the basic meaning of the former part of the couplet); Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism, is a great soul like a dragon, and get the core of Dao, and is eventually eternalized in life. Hiding Character or Omitting Character is a traditional rhetorical way in literature, and this couplet is the most classic instance of this. The latter could be explained overall as Lao Zi Qi You Long Ye(老子其犹龙耶?, translated to be Lao Zi really looks like a dragon, a high comment of Confucius on Lao Zi). There is an old saying goes like this: Shen Long Jian Shou Bu Jian Wei(神龙见首不见尾, the sacred dragon never shows its tail any longer once comes out with its head)

There is a long and flexuose walking way between the gate and the second gate, and it looks like a swimming dragon from the sky. The both of the way are the ancient trees and bamboos, and the whole design is great and traditionally beautiful. The center of the Yellow Dragon Cave is a pond surrounded by the rockery and pavilions, and a great yellow dragon head statue is available and quite attractive. And the spring flows out of the mouth of the dragon. At the connection of the spring to the pond, there is a standing in water, and two sides are the famous sentences carved on rock, which is themed with:”水不在深,有龙则灵” (The water is nothing to do with its depth but will be of nimbus if there is a dragon), which is from a famous prose named Lou Shi Ming(陋室铭, Ode to the Humble Abode), and this was the representative literary masterpiece of Liu Yuxi(刘禹锡), a great poet of late Tang Dynasty.

The bamboo forest of the Yellow Dragon Cave Scenic Area is another leisure natural park as a summer resort for people, and many people prefer to stay there to avoid the hotness. Currently, Yellow Dragon Cave has an extended role of blind date site for unmarried people, especially the young singles, annually, there are some large dating gatherings, and the personal basic information of the singles are pasted on both sides of the path, including the personal contact numbers, and surely it is approved by the owners themselves.

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The Gate of Huanglongdong Scenic Area
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The Stele of Huanglong Cave Scenic Area

Another quintessence of the Yellow Dragon Cave is its show themed with culture of Yuan(缘, a Buddhism term popularized to be a natural or predeterminate relationship). Therefore, there are some sites connected with touching the Yuan, asking the Yuan and completing the Yuan. In the recent years, the reception staff of Yellow Dragon Cave wearing the ancient costumes, and a wine banner written by”太白遗风”(The Relique of Li Po, who was also famous as a soul of wine, and in some way, he was the representative of Chinese wine culture). Tourists can have a drink there when enjoying the Yue Opera Performance. Huangzhou Yellow Dragon Cave Yue Opera Troupe is a professional folk Yue Opera Performance team located in Yellow Dragon Cave, which was established in 1988. the performance of them is themed with the love, wedding, marriage, or Yuan.

Certainly, tourists also can enjoy the performance of the national classic music, which have been played for thousands of years. Additionally, there is a professional music team established in 1984 in Yellow Dragon Cave. They play the string or orchestral music every day. String music is the typical classic of southern Chinese music to show the elegance and specialty of Jiangnan, and the representative masterpieces include Chunjianghuayueye(春江花月夜), Erquanyingyue(二泉映月), The Butterfly Lovers(梁祝), Bubugao(步步高) and Caiyunzhuiyue(彩云追月), and the last two classics belong to the canton music.

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