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Poyang Lake

Poyang Lake

BY UITV, NOV 26: The lake is fed by the Gan, Xin, and Xiu rivers, which connect to the Yangtze through a channel. These are the rivers that come and join the main ‘Poyang Lake’.

The area of Poyang Lake fluctuates dramatically between the wet and dry seasons, but in recent years the size of the lake has been decreasing overall. In a normal year the area of the lake averages 3,500 square kilometres.

In early 2012, due to drought and the practice of storing water at the Three Gorges Dam the area of the lake reached a low of about 200 square kilometres.

The lake provides a habitat for half a million migratory birds and is a favourite destination for birding.

During the winter, the lake becomes home to a large number of migrating Siberian cranes, up to 90% of which spend the winter there.

How did this lake form?

Poyang Lake has also been called ‘Pengli Marsh’ historically, but they are not the same. Before the Han Dynasty, the Yangtze followed a more northerly course through what is now Longgan Lake whilst Pengli Marsh formed the lower reaches of the Gan River.

The area that is now Poyang Lake was a plain along the Gan River. Around 400 AD, the Yangtze River switched to a more southerly course, causing the Gan River to back up and form Lake Poyang.

The backing up of the Gan River drowned Poyang County and Haihun County, forcing a mass migration to Wucheng Township in what is now Yongxiu County.

Wucheng thus became one of the great ancient townships of Jiangxi Province. This migration gave birth to the phrase, "Drowning Haihun County gives rise to Wucheng Township"

Lake Poyang reached its greatest size during the Tang Dynasty, when its area reached 6,000 square kilometres

The present situation of Poyang Lake is….

It is dry now, per se and the pictures goes like this

The above image is a house which was in the centre of the Poyang Lake and now there can be a thousand word description that can be written. But let you mind speak of the present situation of the Poyang Lake.

Take a look at another one, which describes more the Poyank Lake. Are the people in China and the government of republic of china, doing anything?  

Yes the position of the Poyang lake is as seen here. But is still great to see the historical site that is present in china and everyone needs to have a look at this history, I suppose!


In 1363, the Battle of Lake Poyang took place there, and it is claimed to be the largest naval battle in history.

The lake has also been described as the "Chinese Bermuda Triangle". Many ships have disappeared while sailing in it. On 16 April 1945, a Japanese troop ship vanished without a trace with 20 sailors.

Video Courtesy - European Space Agency, ESA