Free Shuttle Buses to Xixi Wetland in Operation this Year2018-03-06
From 2016 free shuttle buses to Xixi National Wetland Park are in operation. Whether on weekdays or at weekends, tourists can take the shuttle bus. With a capacity of 35 seats, the shuttle buses depart every morning at 9:00 from Hangzhou Tourist Center. Only one bus works shifts every 1.5 hours on weekdays; two buses work shifts every 45 minutes at weekends.
All the way the shuttle buses set 5 stops respectively at Xixi Paradise（西溪天堂）, Zhoujiacun Village（周家村） main entrance to Xixi Wetland, Longshezui(龙蛇嘴) entrance to Xixi Wetland, Hongyuan Garden（洪园） entrance to Xixi Wetland and North entrance to Xixi Wetland. Finally the shuttle buses return to Hangzhou Tourism Center. The entire loop drive is about 25 km.
Xixi National Wetland Park is well known as the "Three Xi’s (West) of Hangzhou" (short for the three landmark attractions in Hangzhou) along with West Lake (Xihu), and Xiling Seal-Engravers' Society. Covering an area of 10.08 square kilometers, Xixi National Wetland Park is located at the west part of Hangzhou, less than 5 kilometers away from West Lake. It is China’s first and the only national wetland park, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland.
Water is the soul of the Xixi National Wetland Park. About seventy percent of the area is covered with water which creates a special habitat for various species of plants and animals. Six creeks crisscross the park, among which scatter various creeks, ponds, lakes and swamps with water-birds flying about just above them and fish swimming freely in them. Reed catkins in the autumn and plum blossoms in winter are also its highlights.
Also because of its features like peacefulness, primitiveness, undisturbedness, the park was regarded as a pure land on earth by many literators. And it remained a favorite haunt for them. These literators left behind themselves many works of art as well as footprints which in turn provides profound culture flavor to enhance Xixi National Wetland Park.