1. Introduction

Shajiabang National Wetland Park is located in Shajiabang Town, Changshu City, Jiangsu Province. Constructions started in 1999, 2013 the State Forestry Administration Officially awarded the "National Wetland Park " title. The wetland park has a total area of 414.03 acres, amongst which the area of reed wetland is 147.39 acres, the area of water is 160.52 acres, the wetland rate is 74.37%. The wetland park is divided into, Wetland Conservation Area, Wetland Restoration Area, Science Education Area, Rational Utilization Area and Management and Service Area these five function areas. With the green trees, clear water, quiet reed marshes and egrets crossing the sunset sky, the park presents you the beauty if a natural wetland.

When wind blows through the reeds, you will fall in love with Shajiabang. The reed marshes are a feature of the Shajiabang National Wetland Park, it combines the deep history and culture with the typical Jiangnan Scenery and is one of the most famous wetland park in China.

The water quality of the wetland park is kept the national class III water standards; the good quality water resources provide favorable conditions for wild animals to live and reproduce.

There are currently 56 bird species belonging to 12 orders and 23 families. Amongst which Lesser coucal (scientific name Centropus toulou), Chinese sparrowhawk (scientific name Accipiter soloensis), Common kestrel (scientific name Falco tinnunculus) and Common buzzard (scientific name Buteo buteo) are under national second class special protection, Little grebe (scientific name Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great crested grebe (scientific name Podiceps cristatus), Swan goose (scientific name Anser cygnoides), Hoopoe (scientific name Upupa epops) and many others are province-wide protected birds. In recent years, the rare Black-winged stilt (scientific name Himantopus himantopus), Pheasant-tailed jacana (scientific name Hydrophasianus chirurgus) and some other bird species have gradually settled down in Shajiabang. There are also 49 fish species in the park ate the moment, amongst which, Tachysurus fulvidraco (scientific name Pelteobagrus fulvidraco), Dark sleeper (scientific name Odontobutis obscura) etc are very resourceful. Besides, there are 79 Benthos species, forming a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
In the wetland park there are 327 plant species, belonging to 108 orders and 251 families. 2 Bryophyte species, 6 fern species, 251 Dicotyledon species and 58 Monocotyledon species. As the main body of the park’s wetland plant scenery, Submerge plant, Floating plant, emerged plant and shore side Hygrophyte have a great impact on cleansing eutrophicated waters, improving ability of self-Purification of the water body.
The Wetland Conservation Area remains its natural status, the vast lake area and dense reeds not only provide a good place for reproduction, but also provides a resting place for travelling migrant birds. Seeing groups of birds taking off and landing is a quite spectacular thing.

2. The characteristic landscape


Majestic reeds, wide waters, thick plantations and ever-changing shorelines, formed the unique scenery of harmony of “Water and Reed” at Shajiabang. The treasure land hidden in deep inside various plants impress all that visit and they all say, “The best feature of Shajiabang is its reed marshes”. 

Bird watching Paradise: 

Clear waters, blue skies, hovering birds, the Reed Marsh at Shjiabang is a paradise for all sorts of birds. The Bird watching walkway is a wonderful place to enjoy the view of the sparkling ripples of ponds of Reed Marsh, the home of birds, fish, and amphibians. At the Bird watching Cabin, you’ll have the sight of harmonious interactions between fishes and birds while the informative bulletin boards will help you recognize and appreciate wetland bird species. 

Hengjing St.: 

Ancient buildings, streams flowing under bridges, the construction of Hengjing St. was meant to recreate the atmosphere of a typical village in the Yangtze River Delta. The carefully organized Hengjing St. creates a lively space just like an old Yangtze Delta village, adding the sense of primitive similarity of Shajiabang scenery. 

Labyrinth of reeds: 

A maze of river lines and thick reed marshes formed a wide, long, deep, serene and intricate space of multi-formed reed marsh. Take a boat and adventure among the reeds, just like in old Chinese poetry says, there’re so much pleasure and fun in exploring the simple yet complicated natural world. 

Suggested Route: 

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The Whole course is approximately 7 km, of which 3.7 km on land (travelled by walking and golf carts), and 3.3 km on water (boat). 

Trip Suggestions:
1. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 
2. Consider bringing cameras or binoculars.
3. When touring the preservation area, do not startle the birds.
4. Wear sunscreen and sun-cap.

5. Drinking water will be provided along the way. 

Website of Shajiabang National Wetland Park: http://www.shajiabang.com/index_en.php?m=Index&a=cnindex