Huai’an: a city eager for a real hill

Located in a floodplain of the ancient Huai River, Huai’an has no real mountain or hill, except some hills at Xuyi county.

When I was little, I was so eager to see what a real mountain or hill looks like, later I saw it on a bus near Nanjing, and I was told that there were wolves in the hills, but that’s certainly not true.

China do have countless mountains and hills, the nearest metropolis – Nanjing has a lot. But for Huai’an people, it’s a rarity.

People in Huai’an city are so eager for hills that they’ve built several rockeries in the urban area. The most famous one is Bochi Hill, or translated as “Bochi Mountain”.

Mount Bochi in Huai'an

Located in the downtown of Huai’an city, Bochi Hill (钵池山) is a large park with an artificial hill. It’s often jokingly called “Idiot Hill”, because the pronunciation of its real name – “Bochi” is almost the same as “Idiot” in Huai’an dialect. But disappointedly, this biggest “hill” in Huai’an city is more like a red rock and is unclimbable.

You can also find some rockeries in another park – Taohuawu Park (Peach Blossom Dock), which are not tall but climbable and can meet your needs of rock climbing a bit.

My friend just sent a message that a hike is to be organized several days later, and the route is across almost all the parks in the urban areas of Huai’an city, which are connected by streets of course. If Huai’an had any big hill or mountain, such activity would surely don’t have to go across the streets.