Fenhu Lake is located in the joint part of Jiashan and Wujiang in Jiangsu province. It is 6 kilometers from east to west and 3 kilometers from south to north. Half of the lake is in Jiangsu province and another half is in Zhejiang province. The lake was once called ‘separate lake’ and in the Spring and Autumn Period it was the border lake of Wu and Yue. The total area of the lake is 9700mu.
During the war between Wu and Yue, Wu Zixu, a general in Wu state came here to drill the water army. When Qin state unified China, the lake was no longer the ‘separate lake’ any more. Many literators and painters came here for sightseeing because of its history, culture and location.
During Song and Yuan dynasty, Fenhu Lake has already become a famous scenic spot. Many literators and painters came here. Wu Zhen and Sheng Fan also came here and left many paintings of fish village and fishers. They felt impressed by the green bulrush, huts and natural scenery. <Painting of Fenhu Lake village> by the famous calligrapher Zhao Menpu has been the national treasure. <Painting of a Fisher> by Wu Zhen is representative work of hermit culture. The weever in Fenhu Lake is very famous and delicious. Yang Weizhun, a literator in Yuan dynasty once visited the lake and wrote <visit Fenhu Lake> in what we can realize the scenery 700 years ago. During Ming and Qing dynasty, the farmers began to sing ‘field song’ which was a character of Fenhu Lake culture. A gifted writer called Feng Menlong collected a lot of folk songs in Taihu Lake drainage area and about 300 of them were collected in Fenhu Lake area. At the end of the Qing dynasty these songs were treated by those literators and returned to Fenhu Lake area.
In 1994 the government built a bank with 3 kilometers long, 5.5 meters high and 36 meters wide. The bank became new scenery. Some tourism facilities will be built on the south bank of the lake.
There is a boating training base in Fenhu Lake area. It is also a place for body fitting, water games, sightseeing and adventure. The boat racing place is 8 lines and 2000 meters long, which is the best boat racing place in Zhejiang province. If the tourists come here to watch the boat racing, they also can have boating game themselves.