Xihua Park is located on Xihua Mountain in Kaihua Town of Wenshan County, Wenshan Prefecture. Looking majestic, the entire park has been built with 16 pavilions most of which are set on 300-meter-high cliffs to make one marvel at their wonderfulness and stereovision. Xihua Park used to be called Sanyuan Cave. It is said to be sponsored by a Buddhist monk surnamed "Pan" and constructed by volunteer craftsmen in Tongzhi Period of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Undergoing several renovations, Sanyuan Cave had become a tourist site with stony steps, pavilions and exotic plants. It was titled "San Yuan Dong" (Sanyuan Cave) to symbolize the high expectations in the imperial examinations in old times. (In Chinese, we call it "Lian Zhong San Yuan" which means always coming in the first place in the imperial examinations at three levels. When you became the first in the county-level examination, you are honored as "Jie Yuan"; and by analogizing, "Hui Yuan" in the provincial-level examination and "Zhuang Yuan" in the palace examination)
It is spacious inside Sanyuan Cave and vents very well. The pavilions outside are delicately decorated. When overlooking at the entrance to the cave, one will be greeted by the panorama of Wenshan Basin. The lush vegetation around the cave makes it cool enough for Sanyuan Cave to be a summer resort. In 1981, Sanyuan Cave was developed into "Xihua Park". On the steps, one can see nine dragon sculptures. Locals have legend that 18 flood dragons used to jeopardize people in Wenshan. A young boy from the Zhuang ethnic group named "Ah Nong", living in Xihua Mountain, bravely combated against these vicious dragons in Panlong River. With the help of gods, Ah Nong eventually vanquished the dragons, had them live on the river banks (9 each) and made them swear to help the farmers by offering limpid water to irrigate the farmlands; so there appeared 9 pools on the river banks respectively. In particular, those nine dragons living on the right bank came to Xihua Mountain one after another in order to show their determination to create bliss for the local people.
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