Located in Fenghua County of Zhejiang Province, the Xikou Scenic Area is famous for beautiful natural scenery like Xuedou Mountain and Shanglianggang Hill, and it is known as the hometown and birthplace of Chiang Kai Shek and rich in the historical relics of the Chiang Kai Shek and rich in the historical relics of the Chiang Family; popular among adventurers for rafting, etc.
What to see?
There are two main sites on the mountain. Xuedou Temple will bring you to a peaceful and quiet wonderland. Standing in the temple, you may find yourself slowly relaxed. In the temple stands a 2000-year-old ginkgo tree, which requires five people to encircle. You can go to the tree and make a wish to be healthier and live a long life. There is a great possibility your wish will come true.
The second site, Xufu Rock, will show you a different stone appearance. The rock looks like a stone monkey bowing down. Its elevation is about 1,562 feet (476 meters). Not far from the rock is a waterfall with a drop of 381 feet (116 meters). When sunshine hits the waterfall, there is a rainbow over it.
Native Place of the Chiang Kai-Shek
As the hometown and birthplace of Chiang Kai Shek, Xikou has many sites related to him and the Chiang family, such as Wenchang Pavilion, Wuling School, the Chiang Ancestral Hall, the mausoleum of Chiang’s Mother, Fenghao House, and so on.Wenchang Pavilion is the former residence of Chiang Kai-Shek. It was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644~1911). In December, 1927, Chiang and his wife lived here for a period, after which the pavilion became their personal residence. The pavilion contains two floors. They met their guests on the first floor and lived on the second. Ten years later, Chiang Ching Kuo (the eldest son of Chiang Kai-Shek), came here with his wife and son and lived for a while too.
The Chiang Ancestral Hall is already more than 600 years old (also built in the Qing Dynasty). The Chiang families hold their wedding ceremonies and worship their ancestors in the hall.
To go to the mausoleum of Chiang's Mother, visitors traverse a 730-yard-long road made of cobblestone. Every time Chiang Kai-Shek went back to visit his mother's tomb, he walked on the road taking no palanquin, showing his respect for his mother. The four Chinese characters on the tomb were written by Sun Yat-sen (a pioneer of the Chinese democratic revolution and the first president of Republic of China), meaning Chiang's mother was a perfect model for women. The couplet was written by Chiang himself, showing his remorse to his mother because he was naughty and did a lot of wrong things which made his mother angry or tired. The couplets also show that he is well educated and dutiful to his mother, too.
There are additional sites in the Xikou Tourist Area: the Banzhu Rafting, about 1460 yards (1500 meters) long and lasting for about an hour; Sanshi Village, where visitors can experience rural farm work; the Thirty-six Bay Village; the garden on the mountain, etc.
Famous for its forest, the hill is home to more than 1,000 kinds of precious plants and animals. Visitors can admire the primary forest and take part in entertainment related to local folk customs, such as tasting special local snacks, appreciating characteristic shows and playing local games with other visitors. You can have a good meal in the barbecue garden, watch the agile dancing of the Dai nationality, make a rice cake yourself, ski in the skiing park, or enjoy the musical fountain with your beloved under the moon. The activities will give you a relaxed mood and great joy.
CNY 120/person for the Native Place of the Chiang Family.
CNY 150/person for Xuedou Mountain, including the transportation fee on the mountain.
CNY 65 for Shangliangang Hill.
Ningbo~Xikou: take the bus Ningbo to Xikou at the Ningbo South Bus Station and get off at Xikou. It takes about one hour. The first bus is at 6:30 while the last is at 18:40, and the buses departs every 10~20 minutes. About CNY 10 is needed.
Xikou Tourist Area~Tengtou Village:
(1) Take the Fenghua 29 bus at Xikou bus station, and get off at Tengtou station, which takes about one hour;
(2) Take a taxi to Tengtou, costing about CNY 25.
Ningbo~Tengtou Village: Take the bus Ningbo to Fenghua at the Ningbo Bus Station and get off at Sanheng. Then take the bus Fenghua to Xikou or the bus Fenghua to Tangyun and get off at Tengtou Village.