In the afternoon, we arrived at Huaqing Hot Spring, situated at the foot of Li Mountain. Huaqing Hot Spring, also known as Huaqing pool, is famous for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty.
Entering the gate which bears the inscription ‘Huaqing Chi’ by Guo Moruo, a noted literary in China, we were greeted by two towering cedars. By continuing inward passing two symmetrical palace-style plunge baths and turning right, I was attracted by the lake before me, the Nine-Dragon Lake. Across the lake were nine stone-caved taps. Water flowed from the tap continuously. The willows were swaying lightly in the breeze, stirring the ripples and attracted a hand of red carps. A white-jade statue of Yang Guifei stood in the lake and appeared charming and enchanting acompanied by the inverted image of Li Mountain.
We visited Crabapple (Haitang in Chinese) Pool first. It looks like a crabapple and thus got its name. It was built by Emperor Xuanzong for Yang Guifei’s bath. Next to the Crabapple Pool is the lotus-like Lotus Pool, which was built for the Emperor’s bath.
Walking southwards, we arrived at Huan Garden, which was the former garden of the Huaqing Palace. There lie the Lotus Pavilion, Viewing Lake Tower, Flying Rainbow Bridge, Flying Glow Hall, and Five-Room Hall. In popular legend, the Flying Glow Hall was once the place where Yang Guifei would overlook the scenery and cool down her long hair.
When visiting this site, I was intoxicated in the scenery and imaging myself back in the days of the Tang Dynasty.