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Qiandao Lake(千岛湖, Thousand Island Lake) is actually a manmade reservoir of Xinan River, a famous water conservancy of China in 1950s. it is situated in the administrative regions of Chunan county(淳安县) and Jiande county-level city(建德市), two prefectures of southwest Hangzhou. In 1959, a dam built in Matongguan Gorge(马铜官峡) of Jiande, and then a large lake appeared with a total area of 567.40 square kilometers. In 1982, it was approved to be the national key scenic area by the State Council, and was also ranked the National Five-A tourist destination in China, thanks to its highest water quality among hundreds of waters in China.
The water quality of Xinan River is quite special and drinkable directly. It boasts the second Lijiang River(漓江), due to its picturesque landscape on both sides and its great water quality. Today, it is also the famous mineral water production base like the famous brand Nongfu Shanquan(农夫山泉, the mountain spring of peasants).
The Tourist Resources of Qiandao Lake
Qiandao Lake is one part of Double River & One lake Scenic Area (Fuchun River, Xinan River and Qiandao Lake). It belongs to a national key scenic area, and located in backland of Yangtze River Delta Region, and the backyard of Shanghai and Hangzhou. In the classic recommendation for regional tours, Qiandao Lake is always arranged together with Hangzhou and Huangshan. Exactly, it together with West Lake, Huangshan Mountain, Taihu Lake, Double Dragons Cave of Jinhua, Sanqing Mountain, Wuyi Mountain and others shapes a systematic organ for traveling.
The Underwater Ancient Town – Thanks to the construction of the reservoir, the ancient town under the water avoids the destruction of the ten-year Cultural Revolution. Today, it is a highlighted part of Thousand Island Lake travel. A discovery to the underwater mysterious world is quite popular as the live broadcast of CCTV on the first underwater exploration to the towns in 2012.
The ancient sites of Thousand Island Lake are diverse like the bone pagoda and Yinshan Nunnery on Mishan Island, Lord Ye Mausoleum, Yinshan Academy, Shixia Academy, Shufu Academy, Hairui Memorial Temple, Heqi Temple, Kuixing Tower, Longmen Tower, Langguan Tower and Jiexiao Memorial Archway etc.
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