Fengxiang East Lake, Baoji

Fengxiang East Lake, located in the east of Fengxiang County, Baoji City, was called the “Pool for Phoenix to Sip Water” in ancient times. Compared to the household West Lake in Hangzhou, the East Lake in Fengxiang County, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province is much less known. Few people know that these two lakes, one in the east and one in the west, akin to sisters coexisting, are both related to the renowned figure – Su Dongpo, who supervised their construction.

  • Location: In the eastern part of Fengxiang County, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province, upstream of the Wei River tributary
  • Entrance fee: free
  • Opening hours: 7:00-19:00
  • Time needed: About 3 hours
East Lake in Fengxiang County
East Lake in Fengxiang County

History of the East Lake in Fengxiang

The East Lake was once called Yin Feng Chi (meaning Pool for Phoenix to Sip Water) in ancient times. According to the legend, during the reign of King Wen of the West Zhou Dynasty, there was a phoenixes fly over this area and stoped to sip water from the lake, hence its name.

During the Northern Song Dynasty, in the sixth year of the Jiayou era (1061 A.D.), the famous literary figure Su Shi (aka Su Dongpo) proposed expanding the lake while he served as official overseeing literary affairs in the Fengxiang County. He directed the water from the Phoenix Spring to the lake, planted various lotuses and willows, and constructed exquisite pavilions and bridges around the lake. To complement its sister lake, the West Lake in Hangzhou, Yin Feng Chi was renamed the East Lake.

What to See in the East Lake

Covering an area of 16 hectares, Fengxiang East Lake is divided into the outer parts and inner parts. The lake abounds with green lotus leaves to shun the red flowers, while the shore is lined with dangling weeping willows. Aside from the aforesaid, the lakeside is dotted with strange rockeries, green bamboo-thickets and waterside arbors and pavilions. All of them are marvelously laid out with winding paths to lead to secluded areas, featuring the archaic elegance of the art in Chinese architecture.

With the “Gentlemen Pavilion” standing at the core of the lake center scenic area, the lake surface presents a connected trinity and with other towers intermingled among them to set off the shore and the beach, no wonder it is reputed as a brilliant pearl on the loess plateau.

Fengxiang East Lake
Fengxiang East Lake

How to Get to the East Lake?

  • Take a long-distance bus from Xi’an West Bus Station to Fengxiang County, get off at East Lake.
  • Or, take a bus from Baoji Bus Station to Fengxiang County, then take a local bus or taxi to get to the East Lake.