Manjuelong Village is famous for its osmanthus flowers. And "Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village" is one of “the New Top Ten Scenes of West Lake”.
Brief of Manjuelong Village
Manjuelong Village lies in the mountainous area south of West Lake. Buddhist temples used to stand there during the Period of Wuyue (907-978) when monks planted sweet-scented osmanthus in the valley. As time went on, the osmanthus in blossom in the valley became an autumnal allure to tourists. And "Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village" has become one of “the New Top Ten Scenes of West Lake”.
Manjuelong Village is flanked by hills where springs are abundant and trees flourish naturally. The geographic advantages and monk’s heritage have made the valley a paradise of osmanthus trees. Villagers have been living on osmanthus flowers from generation to generation since the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).
Now all households in the valley without exception have their own osmanthus groves. Osmanthus trees can be seen everywhere in the valley. They are in front of or behind farmers’ houses, inside and outside the village, along both sides of the road, and all over the sloping hills.