Five Dykes at Shihu Lake
Shihu Lake, located 5 kilometers southwest of urban Suzhou, sits at the eastern foot of Shangfang Mountain, with the Yuelaixi River running from south to north through it. Famous for its natural scenery and historical and cultural sites, Shihu Lake, a national 4A scenic spot, is one of the 13 scenic spots of the national key scenic spot Taihu Lake Scenic Area. The water area of Shihu Lake is 2.56 square kilometers. The lake is divided into three parts (East Shihu Lake, West Shihu Lake and South Shihu Lake) by Yuedi Dyke and Shidi Dyke. In addition, there are Wudi Dyke, Yangdi Dyke and Fandi Dyke. To the west of the lake lie mountains including Shangfang Mountain, Wushan Mountain and Qizi Mountain. The beautiful natural scenery of the scenic spot’s mountains and water makes visitors linger on with no thought of leaving. And the historical and cultural sites of it afford much more food for thought; the ruins of ancient cities Wu and Yue, Lengqie Temple Pagoda, Shifo Temple, the former residence of the poet Fan Chengda, Xingchun Bridge, Yuecheng Bridge, Yuzhuang Village, Tomb of Guyewang, Tomb of Shenshixing, Xinguo Old Street, and Lishu Old Town, to name a few. From the cultural relics of the Neolithic Age to the relics of the struggle for hegemony between Wu and Yue in the Spring and Autumn period, and to the historical sites of the Sui, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties and the Republic of China period—all of them make visitors fancy from afar. The five dykes at Shihu Lake connect and integrate the nature, history, landscape and culture, proving itself a “highlight in the land of Wu” through the ages.