Built in Ming Dynasty, Black Dragon Pool is perched 12 kilometers far from the east-northern suburb of Kunming City. Water in the pool is dark green and was said that a black dragon hidden in the pool, and thus the name “Black Dragon Poll” was given.
Water in the pool is black and it was legendarily told to place black dragon lives in. As a famous Taoist temple in ancient times, Black Dragon Pool is composed of Longquan Temple (Dragon Spring Temple) and Black Dragon Palace, both of which are enveloped by verdant trees. The temples were enlarged and reconstructed several times during subsequent dynasties. Most of the buildings in the scenic area today were completed during Qing Dynasty. Black Dragon Pool is well-known for its four scenic features: plum planted in Tang Dynasty, cypress in Song Dynasty, camellia in Ming Dynasty, and tomb in Ming Dynasty.
The ancient plum was planted 1200 years ago during Tang Dynasty. Its main branch has already died of old age, while the remaining branches are growing vigorously. The cypress, 28-meter-high, enjoys a history of 900-plus years and it is the loftiest ancient tree in China. The trunk of the cypress is so thick that it needs to be embraced by five men hand in hand. The camellia is standing in the vicinity of the plum and cypress. Every year in early spring, when other camellias are just in buds, this has been in full blossom.
Admission Ticket: 20 Yuan
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 hours
Opening Time: 08:30-18:00
Location: 1, Lan’an Road, Panlong District, Kunming
How to get there: Take buses No. 9, 76, 79, 128 to get there.