The Waterside Amphitheater is a charming outdoor theater, providing 2,300 seats on a fan of raised wooden benches. Verdant trees line the edges and the aisles. From the commanding height of the seats, viewers have a panoramic view of the main stage, which floats in nearly 7,000 square meters of crescent-shaped lake. A broken stone bridge in the middle of the lake silently narrates the changes in history. A group of buildings from the Ming and Qing periods stand behind the stage; horse-head walls, lobed roof finials, a towering lotus pavilion, and the fluted Wenchang Pavilion punctuate the horizon.