Yiai Lake is a natural lake of Huanggang. Su Dongpo, a great writer of the Northern Song Dynasty,wrote an article about a Pavilion named Yiai in Huangzhou. The lake was named because of his article.And the meaning of “Yiai”is to spread love.
In the past, the Yiai Lake was overgrown with grass and full of dirt, no visitors at all. In August 2006, the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government decided to implement a series protection activities for Yiai Lake, started pollution control, bank repairing, road and bridge building, and other projects. In November of the same year, for overall plan and scientifically construction, it was decided to extend the project, aiming at building a public theme park which is also environment friendly and has the function of cultural inheritance as well as entertainment. It was named as "Yiai Lake Park". At the beginning of the next year, the compilation of the concept plan and master plan of the park was formally launched, and was approved by the Municipal People's Government in June 2011.
Yiai Lake Park covers an area of 5.03 square kilometers, including 2.94 square kilometers of water surface and 29 kilometers of coastline around the lake. The lake surface is wide and sparkling, and the lakeshore is winding and looks like a nice coherent entity.
The park would be constructed to twelve major scenic spots, was inspired by the best sentences of Su Dongpo's poems, ci, fu, those spots were named as “the wind on Yiai Lake”,“Spring dawn of Lingao”,“Dongpo asked about the crops”,“Alone in the rain”,“Watching the moon on Qing island”,“red plum in snow”,“River willow”,“Orchid path”,“Lotus incense”,“The shadow of bamboo”,“Antumn maple leaves and the pines”,“The return of the wild goose ”.
The name of the scene includes Chinese traditional cultural elements such as the four seasons, pine, bamboo, plum orchid, wind flower, snow and moon. The scenic spot mainly displays the legacy of Su Dongpo, and interprets the true meaning of “Su Dongpo made his achievement in Huangzhou and Huangzhou had Su Dongpo completed”.
Yiai Lake Park is grand in scale, huge in engineering, across the rainy and snowy days, the work lasted for twelve years. The total investment of the project is about 2.5 billion yuan. Through open tendering, the best domestic designing units and construction companies were selected to participate the project. The whole project has 12 kilometers of sewage pipelines, 48 sewage outlets, more than 500,000 square meters of mud at the bottom of the lake, 56 kilometers of paved roads,21 bridges, 3 stone archways, 2 wooden archways and 1 brick archway with excellent materials and exquisite carving, built more than 100 pavilions, platforms, buildings, pavilions, halls, houses, gardens and pavilions. The total construction area is 60,400 square meters and more than 130,000 tons of stones were used. There are more than 360 kinds of plants in the park, more than 400,000 trees and sub-arbor, attracting more than 100 species of inhabited birds.
After the completion of Yiai Lake Park, in sunrise or sunset, especially in holidays, the citizens and tourists gather in the park from all sides, jogging for a walk, playing against the ball, or dancing, singing, even writing poems and painting. Joy is overflowing. Everyone experience the true meaning of happiness, the sincere love of today.