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Hupao Springs

Introducing Hupao Spring
The hills and vales of West Lake have nurtured many springs, among which Hupao Spring, Dragon Well Spring and Jade Spring are the most famous. Hupao Spring ranks as the third best spring in China. In ancient times this beautiful spot with its mystical touch was made known as Tiger Spring and Celestial Trace and is one of the 24 scenes of Hangzhou.

Hupao Spring Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Hupaoquan 虎跑泉
• Best Time to Visit: March to September
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Hiking, Nature
• Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00
• Entrance Fee: ¥15
• Address: No.39, Hupao Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

What to expect at Hupao Spring

Hangzhou Hupao Spring takes its name from the legend of an eminent monk from Tang Dynasty (618-907) who came here in 819. Fascinated by the unspoiled surroundings, he planned to build a temple in the Hupao Valley. However, because of the lack of drinking water, he almost decided to move to a new site. One night, in his dream, a beautiful fairy told him that two tigers would come to his rescue from thousands of miles away. When he woke up in the morning, he went out and saw two tigers clawing the ground until spring water bubbled up. Hence, the spring is called Hangzhou Hupao Spring.

A trip to Hangzhou Hupao Spring won’t be complete if you do not taste a cup of Longjing Tea brewed with spring from its well. Partly due to Hangzhou Hupao Spring's pure water and its fame, tea aficionados keep thronging to this tranquil site.

How to get to Hupao Spring
• Take bus No. 527, 538, 822, K4, J5, Y5, K194, K315, K599 or K808 and get off at Hupao Station.

Additional travel advice on Hupao Spring
• The park offers drinkable spring water. Visitors need to prepare their own bottles.
• Nearby attractions: Six Harmonies Pagoda, Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies, etc.

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