The hills and vales of West Lake have nurtured many springs, among which Tiger Spring, Dragon Well Spring and Jade Spring are the most famous.
Brief of Dreaming of Tiger at Hupao Valley
The hills and vales of West Lake have nurtured many springs, among which Tiger Spring, Dragon Well Spring and Jade Spring are the most famous. Ranking as the third best spring in China, Tiger Spring takes its name from the legend of an eminent monk from Tang Dynasty (618-907) who came here in 819.
Fascinated by the unspoiled surroundings, he planned to build a temple in the Hupao Valley. However, because of the lack of drinking water, he almost decided to move to a new site. One night, in his dream, a beautiful fairy told him that two tigers would come to his rescue from thousands of miles away. When he woke up in the morning, he went out and saw two tigers clawing the ground until spring water bubbled up. Hence, the spring is called Tiger Spring.
In ancient times this beautiful spot with its mystical touch was made known as "Tiger Spring and Celestial Trace" and is one of the 24 scenes of Hangzhou.
A trip to this site won’t be complete if you do not taste a cup of Longjing Tea brewed with spring from its well. Partly due to its pure water and partly due to its fame, tea aficionados keep thronging to this tranquil site.