Qiandaohu Lake, situated in Chun'an County,
160 kilometers west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province,
is one of the 4A State-level scenic spots and presently
China's biggest national park. Millions visitors from
home and abroad go to this area to appreciate its unique
scenery every year. With the ongoing developments in
transportation, it is hoped Qiandaohu Lake will become
one of the top tourist attractions in the world.
As the first man-made reservoir of the new
republic in 1958, Qiandaohu Lake was formed when the
waters rose and the surrounding hills formed a total
of 1,078 islets. Covering an area of 580 square meters,
the lake has become the largest freshwater fish-farming
area, and one of the largest forest parks in the country.
Qiandaohu Lake is a lake possessing great
wealth. It teems with tea, mulberry, timber, and bamboo.
There are 1,786 species of plants and 87 species of
freshwater fish in all. The Lake is embraced all around
by mountain ranges. Here, visitors can hear birds singing,
smell the fragrance of flowers, and taste fresh fruit
when it is in season. Besides, there are various kinds
of local products, such as non-core persimmon, sweet
date, hickory nut, and sun-dried fish.
Besides the surrounding green hills and
large amount of animals and plants, the Lake is also
famous for its water. According to the national water
evaluation standard, the water, which can be drunk directly
from the Lake, is top ranking.
Apart from its tranquil natural scenery,
Qiandaohu Lake also boasts some exciting historical
finds. Two ancient towns, both dating back more than
1,800 years, were discovered under the lake in 2002.
After preliminary investigation, experts believe they
might be the biggest ancient building complexes found
in China. The two towns were submerged 40 years ago
to make way for a reservoir. Historical records show
that the towns were filled with traditional Chinese
buildings made of brick, stone and tile.
Leave out of the crowded and noisy city
and throw away all the mundane affairs; you'd better
wander around Qiandaohu Lake. From time to time you
will think that you were walking in Xanadu. You should
visit the Qiandaohu Lake, Hangzhou during winter or
autumn as the little or no rain during this period of
the year and the weather remains pleasant. Do sample
the distinctively cooked seafood and some local food
here. Take home souvenirs like inkstones, hemp embroideries
and products made of pearls.
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