Tiger-Running Spring takes its name from legend. The story tells a dream about two tigers who ran to the apparently-near desert area and dug a hole which caused the spring to gush forth. The Long Jing tea and the Hupao spring water are reputed to be the "two wonders of the West Lake." Tiger Running spring is just outside Hangzhou at the foot of Daci (Great Compassion) Hill. Its water seeps out from barely soluble quartzoze sandstone. The water is very pure clear and sweet and has a greater surface tension than ordinary water so it is considered the best water for making tea by locals.
Keywords: China, PRC, Zhejiang, Hangzhou, springs, water, bridge, footbridge. From the Jot Carpenter collection.
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