Brief of Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green
Yellow Dragon Cave Dressed in Green is one of the new top 10 scenic views of West Lake. It includes a traditional Chinese garden landscape with a pavilion, stone inscription, small waterfall and a pond. The highlight is the golden dragon head statue that gushes spring water.
The scenic spot is shrouded in a mysterious legend. In ancient times, there was said to be two dragons living in a cave nearby. The elder dragon was evil and used its fire to burn Hangzhou. To save the city, the younger dragon killed the wicked dragon, but died in the fight. People buried the younger dragon with tears in their eyes, which flowed into the dragon’s tomb and came out as a spring. In the place where spring water flowed, locals built a golden dragon head statue in memory of the upright dragon.
The spring has issued from the dragon head for centuries. Early in the Southern Song Dynasty, this site was a renowned shrine for worshipping the dragon. In the following dynasties, it was regarded as a Buddhist holy area and visited by numerous worshippers. Starting in the 1970s, the local government transformed it into a public garden and carved out space for performances of Yueju Opera. Eight operas are performed daily from 8:45am to 4:25am.