1.General introduction

Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland is located in Yushan Town, Changshu City, which covers an area of 122 hectares. The weather of Chenhaiwei is tropical moist monsoon climate, which brings abundant precipitation and distinctive seasons. The criss-cross river system here is linked by Wangyu River to Tai Lake and Yangtze River. The terrain of Chenhaiwei is generally low-lying which brings Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland a wide range of natural resources, in addition to this, the construction of water conservation forest of past ten years has increased forest establishment area, which has significantly improved environment. The obvious advantage of semi-artificial and semi-wetland has provided unique environment for birds, among which egrets, pond herons and bam swallows take majority.

Ecological wetland, paddy wetland, fruit-bearing forest, village living area and public service area in Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland is linked by natural rivers, which makes it a rural wetland with natural wetland environment, wetland agriculture production, along-river country life and sightseeing tourism.

2.Characteristic Information

Paddy Wetland and Production of Traditional Hydrophytes

Paddy wetland covers the largest proportion in Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland. Ecological agriculture and recycling agriculture technologies are used on the foundation of basic farmland functions, which is productive, ecological and sightseeing. For paddy wetland, the settings of paddy field have turned traditional approaches to modern ones - from irrigation mixing to irrigation diversion; from open channel to low pressure pipe irrigation; from anti-osmosis drainage ditch to earth ditch and grass planting ditch - which has greatly increased the effect of drainage and pollution prevention. Wetland ecological ponds with indigenous plant are set in proportion of 3%~5% of paddy area, which takes shape into a paddy field - ecological ditch – wetland ecological pond – pond/river four-level farmland wetland clarification system. Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland takes advantages of crab ponds in Pond for Wetland project to grow hydrophytes like lotus root, Gorgon fruit and taro, so as to recover the cooking culture and scenery culture of Suzhou hydrophytes. 

Integration of Rural Life, Agriculture Production and Rural Ecology

Chenhaiwei Rural Wetland has four typical wetland scenery modes - village sightseeing mode (crisscross of farmland, living area and rivers), river channel sightseeing mode (waterfront and forest type), farmland sightseeing mode (farmland and wetland type), aquaculture pond sightseeing mode (water wetland type) - which takes shape into a local-cultural rural wetland of ecology, agriculture, humanity and sightseeing with integration and interaction in harmony.

3.Investigation Route

(1) Public Service Area-(2) Farmland Wetland-(3) Ecological Wetland-(4) Village Living Area-(1) Public Service Area

Whole journey takes about 1.8kms.

1.  Whole journey on foot, walkable shoes recommended.

2.  Splendid sightseeing along journey, telescopes and cameras recommended.

3.  Hot weather, sunhat and sun screen recommended.

4. Mineral water provided along journey.