I Can Take You There!
Address: The entire stretch of Yanfu Rd. runs along the canal
Price: It`s up to what kind of boat you choose to take.
Just north of the city center (Wenchang Pavillion) lies the tree and park lined Hu Cheng Canal 护城河 (also called the Qian Long Waterway). Yanfu Road runs along the waterway. Emperor Qianlong used this route to enter the city and visit Slender West Lake. For 50 Yuan dragon boats can be hired at the Imperial Dock to retrace the emperor’s route. The experience of the ride is recommended as the waterway likely appears not too different than it did to Qianlong centuries ago. The dock is between the Tian Ning Temple and Ye Chun Teahouse.
At night the lights along the waterway illuminate the canal, bridges, and pagodas in the area making for a perfect after-dinner stroll. Also near the waterway, on the north bank of the river, is the easy-to-spot outdoor bird and plant market (花鸟市场). The market is yet another great place to wander about and hopefully score a unique gift.