Jiuxi 18 stream locates in the hills to the west of Hangzhou. Starts from LongjingVillage, it goes through 7 kms to the QiantangRiver.
Jiuxi water is originally from Yangmeiling. On the way it confluences the streams of Qingwan, Hongfa, Fangjia, Foshi, Baizhang, Tangjia, Xiaokang, Yunqi and Zhutou. Thus it’s called Jiuxi (nine streams). The streams go through the green hills and calleys, and collects of numerous small streams, so it’s called nine creeks and eighteen gullies. In the ancient times, people often like to use nine to represent numerous. In fact, the streams of this mountain go all the way around the woods, converge many streams. Eighteen gullies originally refer to the source of the streams – the spring streams from Longjing area. Eighteen gullies is also used by ancient people to describe the meaning of numerous. There are not only eighteen gullies.
The source of the nine creeks and eighteen gullies formed a huge area of the funnel basin in LongjingVillage area, the basin around the mountains basically composed of sandstones, only the northeast corner near Longjing springs exposed limestone. In the Longjing basin, numerous small water on the slope around the mountains flow to the center of the basin that formed the beautiful scenery of torrent streams down to Jiuxi.
The Jiuxi 18 streams are pure natural scene. The streams wriggle along the hills. There are 6 streams overflow on trails; stones are set on the stream. Visitors can walk in the water or step on the stones to across the stream. The poet Yu quyuan in Qing dynasty has poem: overlapping mountains, crooked path, tinkling spring, high and low trees. Put ourselves into the scene, there is a feeling that we are walking in a painting.