Black Dragon Pool
The Black Dragon Pool is located 12
kilometers northeast of the city. It first became a popular
tourist attraction over 700 years ago during the Ming Dynasty.
The area contains many attractions alongside the main tourist
draw, the Black Dragon Pool itself.
The Black Dragon Pool was named after a
legend stating that in ancient times there was a black dragon
living in this pool.
Two important building complexes in the
Black Dragon Pool are the Longquan Temple (Dragon Spring Temple)
and Black Dragon Palace. Longquan Temple, the largest structure
in the park, was built along the pool during the early Han
Dynasty. The temple was enlarged and reconstructed several
times throughout subsequent dynasties. Most of the buildings
visitors see today were completed during the Qing Dynasty.
The Black Dragon Palace is at the bank of the pool, which
is where memorial ceremonies were once held. This palace was
built during the Ming Dynasty, around 700 years ago. It consists
of three halls and two courtyards.
In front of the two temples, visitors
will find huge ancient trees, including a plum, cypress, and
camellia tree. The plum tree was planted over 1,200 years
ago during the Tang Dynasty. The branches of the tree spread
out in all directions while its roots twist and crisscross.
The cypress tree, planted during the Song Dynasty, is a bit
younger. The tree trunk takes four to five men to circle with
their arms stretched out. The third tree is a camellia tree
planted during the Ming Dynasty.
The three ancient trees add even more charm
to this particular attraction.