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Hangzhou Botanical Garden houses the Jade Spring, a clear, jade-hued pond that is a great spot to witness ornamental fish dancing in the waters. It’s uncertain where the spring’s water comes from, but legend has it that the pond was formed by a powerful dragon who lived by Qiantang River in Hangzhou. One day, a government barge carrying the emperor’s poor laborers passed the dragon’s river. The dragon heard the worker’s bitter cries and overturned the ship to free the people. The dragon flew to the palace to kill the emperor, but a servant hit it in the eye with a slingshot. The dragon sought healing from a powerful monk; but after the monk realized the dragon intended to kill the emperor, he devised a plan to stop him. The monk agreed to heal the dragon if it created a spring around the monastery. The dragon then dug into the ground until water emerged and filled the pond. Before the dragon could surface, the monk moved a pagoda and trapped him underneath.
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