On August 13th, 2013, my workmates and I drove to Santan Scenic Area, which is praised as “the pearl of north Hubei Province”, located 35 kilometers north from Guangshui Downtown. It covers an area of 52 square kilometers and includes four subsidiary tour areas where the climate is extremely special and pleasant, namely Santan Lake Area, Dagui Golden Mountaintop Area, Xujiahe Reservoir Area and Pingjing Ancient Plank Road.
The center of Santan Lake Area is Santan Waterfall, which is surrounded by the narrow “Yixiantian Valley”, the winded “Jiudaowan Pond”, the upstream “Dajian Ditch”, the stony “Longtan Ditch” and the rippling ‘Biyu Lake”. Santan Waterfall is so long that it looks like a white silk hanging on the cliff. Besides, the scenery of Biyu Lake can simply meet the scene requirements in Zhang Yimou’s film. The blackish green and clear water, the quiet lake shore, the flowing fog above the lake and the chipping birds’ songs—how wonderful they are!
The beautiful Xujiahe Reservoir Area is covered with mountain woods. Willows on the banks are spreading new leaves. Fishing boats are floating on the blackish green water. So it is called “the park on the water” which is an ideal place for people’s swimming, fishing or spending the hot summer.