By TraNews Reporter Chang, Kuo-Shuan
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN (TraNews) – Opened in 1951, Lotus Lake is man-made lake and popular tourist destination on the northern outskirts of Kaohsiung, as well as the biggest lake in the city. This scenic area is famous for the lotus plants on the lake and the numerous scenic spots around the lake, including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and the Confucian Temple.
Visitors to Lotus Lake will certainly be mesmerized by its picturesque scenery and serene atmosphere. The lake is most beautiful in the late afternoon when the setting sun, weeping willows and towering twin pavilions are reflected in the water. While visiting Lotus Lake, visitors might notice two strikingly colorful pagodas in a distance.
Built in 1976, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are situated about 700 meters from the north of the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. The dragon’s throat is the entrance while the tiger’s mouth is the exit. Entering the dragon’s throat and coming out the tiger’s mouth symbolizes gaining good fortune, so it is fairly important not to go the other way around.
Inside the tunnel, the paintings vividly depict China’s 24 most obedient sons’ stories, as well as scenes of heaven and hell to inspire people doing good deeds during their lifetime, and to provide striking examples of retribution for wrongdoing. Not only do the locals love to come here during weekend, but many tourists from home and abroad find this place really fascinating.