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Thousand Island Lake in China: Why CHINA is so special!

Qiandao Lake, a human-made lake located in Chun’an County, Zhejiang province, China

China. March 31. UITV. Qiandao Lake, a human-made lake located in Chun’an County, Zhejiang province, China, was formed after the completion of the Xin’an River hydroelectric station in 1959.

Qiandao Lake is used to produce the Nongfu Spring brand of mineral water. Over 90% of the area is forested. 1,078 large islands dot the lake and a few thousand smaller ones are scattered across it.

The lake covers an area of 573 km2 (221 sq mi) and has a storage capacity of 17.8 km3 (4.3 cu mi).

It is a beautiful lake with 1078 islets showing different views in different seasons. It is a rich lake abounding with fish and surrounded by trees, tea, mulberry and other fruit trees.

Apart from its tranquil natural scenery, the lake is also a popular diving spot for scuba enthusiasts, because below the surface lie the remains of two magnificent ancient cities: He Cheng and Shi Cheng.

Both ancient cities have been submerged for 55 years. They were not discovered until a local tourism official explored the lake's potential as a scuba diving spot in 2001.

The magnificient scenary of the lakein China


In 1959, in order to supply the electrical needs of the fast-growing city of Hangzhou, the Chinese government built the Xin'an River Hydroelectric Station. A dam was constructed, and these two ancient cities were submerged in the resulting artificial lake.

Besides these two ancient cities, 27 towns, more than 1,000 villages, about 50,000 acres of farmland, and thousands of houses were left at the bottom of the lake. 290,000 people had to relocate for this project.

Biking around the lake is an interesting adventure. The road is in good condition. It may take two days to bike all the way around.

Direct buses are available at Hangzhou West Long Distance Bus Station. Buses are available from 6:00 to18:40, and run every 40 minutes.

Direct buses from Thousand Islets Lake are available at Qiandaohu Long Distance Bus. From 5:20 to 18:00, buses depart every 40 minutes.

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