Orioles Singing in the Willows | 柳浪闻莺 | liǔ lànɡ wén yīnɡ Address: LiuLangWenYing Park | 柳浪闻莺公园 | liǔ lànɡ wén yīnɡ ɡōnɡ yuán
Once an imperial park in the Southern Song Dynasty, Orioles Singing in the Willows is off the Southeast bank of the West Lake. The park was so named after the pier (Liulang Pier) and the bridge (Liulang Bridge).
Orioles Singing in the Willows was recognized as one of the Ten Views of the West Lake in the Southern Song Dynasty, but began to be neglected from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) on. The park came back to life again 1950s by a series of refurbishing projects. Today, the park covers an area of 21 hectares, with luxuriant trees surviving the past dynasties along the winding bank. Vast lawns stretch, flowers are bright, pavilions reveal their ancient romantic style, birds flap by and grasses show their best greens. The park is an ideal place for large-scale recreation and entertainment programs. The stretch of lawn with pavilions and flower terraces attracts a lot of people every morning to do morning exercises. Even in the evening, the landscape is
impressive as well. In recent years, the municipal government has appropriated funds to the construction of laser springs and other facilities for the night stroll in summer and fall. The Park is also the choice for various ceremonies and holiday celebration, too.