Yundang Lake - a great place to watch egrets in Xiamen
Last Update: 16th October 2020
Covering an area of 1.7 square kilometers, Yundang Lake originally connected with the sea. The long lake looks like a river running through the city of Xiamen. It is a great place to refresh your body and mind during Xiamen Tour.
Yundang Lake Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Yundanghu (筼筜湖)
- Area: 1.7 x square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Egrets, Cruise
- Who visits: Photographers, Nature Lovers
- Time required: 1 x hour
What to expect at the Yundang Lake
On the south side of Yundang Lake stand skyscrapers while Huwei Mountain lies close to the north side. In the middle of the lake is Egret Islet home to egrets. You’ll see tens of egrets flying over the lake when walking along the lake. Sometimes, you may find a fish in the mouth of the egret or they are battling for the special territory with each other.
Egret Park adjacent to the lake is very popular among locals. More than 100 doves imported from the Netherlands are the highlights in the park. You can feed them on sliced corn or just enjoy sunbathing on the lawn.
If you’d like to appreciate the egrets on the lake, it is suggested that you take the cruise boat at the south point of the lake. On the Chinese classical boat, you can be able to try Chinese tea. In addition, the staff usually play the Chinese classical musical instruments, such as Guzheng or Pipa.
If you want to take a rest at a restaurant or a cafe near the lake, you can just find an elegant and exquisite one on the Cafe Street by the lake to kill your time. As the lake is surrounded with tens of modern buildings, it is also a great idea to appreciate the amazing views at night.
Best time to visit Yundang Lake
If you’d like to visit the lake for photography purposes, the best time to visit is at sunset or at night.
The best months to visit are from March to November.
How to get to Yundang Lake
- Rent a vehicle to the lake. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 15, 25, 26, 86, 87, 958 or Bus B3 to the Stop of Egret Islet Park (白鹭洲公园站). Then walk to the lake.
Additional Yundang Lake Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 24 hours
- As at 16th October 2020, tourists can visit the lake for free.