The tale says that seven rhinos were once seen playing in the pond and therefore the name Qixi (seven rhinos) was given. The pond is close to Wudan County Town of ancient Dian Kingdom in Panxi basin and at the end of Huaning-Panxi Road. Its water comes from Guabang Mountain. The pond is surrounded by strange-looking rocks and thick woods. According to the observations of hydraulic department, in 1980s, annual flow of the spring reached 5.3 cubic meters per second and 10 cubic meters per second in wet season. The total annual flow could reach 167 million cubic meters.
The pond occupies an area of 4 mu. About thirty years ago, local people used rope and stone to test the depth of the pond, but couldn’t reach the bottom when the 100-meter-long rope was all in water. Before, there was only the spring without pond. In 1675, Dong Qi donated money to build a pond around the spring and in 1965 the pond was reconstructed and extended. In 2005, pavilions were built around the pond to add more beauty to the scene.
There are many spring mouths in the pond. Some are like boiling water and others are like bubbles from fish. The water roars out of the pond, which is as spectacular as that of Dongting Lake. The water flows out of the pond and forms a river named Xiaojiang River. The river flows from west to east and then reverses to north to join Nanpan River at Ancient Ningjin Bridge. According to authorities’ assessment, Qixi Pond is the pond spring with biggest water output in Yunnan and ranks the third in all springs in China. Today, its water output has increased with annual average flow reaching 7.35 cubic meters per second.
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