Nanwan Lake

Located in Xinyang, Nanwan Lake is known as the "gem in southern Henan" because of the wonderful contrast of the Lake and its surrounding mountains. From its surrounding peaks, sightseers behold Xinyang's urban area to the east and Nanwan Lake to the west. A site for recreation and sightseeing, the water of Nanwan Lake is remarkably clean, meeting top national water purity standards. The Lake's ecosystem accommodates several interesting features including the Heilong and Bailong Pools, facing each other in the upper reaches of the Lake. The Lake itself consists of a water area of 75 square meters on which 61 isles are found. Among these islands are, Bird Island, where tens of thousands of birds are known to flock, and Summer Escape Island, home to 10.4 hectares of colorful sights and activities, including the Wooden Structure Vacation Area.

As a place of significant historical interest, the Lake also attracts visitors with an eye for Chinese culture. The adjacent Siwangshan and Xianuinshan Mountains were the working grounds for revolutionary pioneer, Li Xiannian. Meanwhile, the Ruins of Liangwanglei have stood for over 1,400 years, originally as a royal enclosure during the Southern and Northern Dynasties. Nestled within the pines, the Xianyin Temple houses the legendary Bed of Immortals.

In terms of local cuisine, Nanwan Lake features some of the most delicious and nutritious fish in all of China. Thanks to the Lake's remarkable water, the fish here are rich in protein, fat, vitamins and healthful elements such as selenium, the "Cancer Fighter" and DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid noted for its brain enhancing effects.

Novice and expert tea aficionados alike will find Xinyang Maojian tea one of the finest in all of China. Grown at the upper reaches of Nanwan Lake, Xinyang Maojian tea was brewed as the royal tea since the Tang Dynasty. The tea production facility includes growing, picking, processing and sales, along with a tea ceremony performance for visitors.

Lying in the transitional area between subtropical and moderate climate zones, Nanwan Lake features ideal conditions for flora and fauna. With its superior air and water quality, the Lake's forests of oak and red pine canvas over 7,000 dense hectares. Meanwhile, 116 colonies of seed plants are featured here along with 526 TCM herbs, representing 76% of China's medicinal plants. Over 700 animal species are also found here, many of which are state protected.