Brief of Tiger Spring
There are plenty of springs around West Lake, among which, Dragon Well Spring and Tiger Spring are the famous. Noted for its sweet quality and abundant minerals, Tiger Spring (Hupao Spring) goes well with famous Longjing tea (Dragon-well Tea). In addition, Dreaming of Tiger Spring at Hupao Valley (虎跑梦泉) — one of “New Top Views of West Lake” — is about this spring.
The name of the spring comes from a folk legend. It’s said during the Yuanhe Period (AD 806-820) of the Tang Dynasty, Hangzhou was hit by a drought. An eminent monk having traveled to Hangzhou was concerned about the situation, but there was nothing he could do. One night, the monk dreamed about an immortal who revealed to him that two tigers would be sent to help him dig a spring at Daci Mountain.
The next day the monk went to the place he dreamed about, and saw two tigers had scooped out a hole on the ground and spring water gushed out from the hole. Inspired by the dream, the monk established the Hupao Temple on the site and the spring was thus named Hupao Spring. Today, the Tiger Spring still gurgles. You can take some of the Tiger Spring water for free.