East Lake (Wuhan)

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East Lake (Chinese: 东湖; pinyin: Dōng Hú) is a large lake within the city limits of Wuhan, China, and the largest[citation needed] urban lake in China. Wuhan's East Lake covers an area of 88 square kilometers. It is one of the 5A tourist zones of China. East Lake admit over million people yearly. It is one of the largest sites in Huazhong District. It is also the largest "City Lake" in China. East Lake is made of four areas, Ting Tao, Mo Shan, Luo Yan Island and Museum of Hubei Province.

One end of Mo Shan features a Daoist temple built over the putative site of where one of the characters in "Romance of Three Kingdoms" performed special Qi Men Dun Jia rites before the famous battle of Red Cliffs. No one knows precisely the actual location, but the Mo Shan site was an archeological dig in the early part of the twentieth century.

Notable sites around the lake[edit]

Summer in Liyuan Park

In clockwise order, starting from the southwest corner:

Several causeways cross the eastern part of the lake, providing access to recreational fishing sites and beaches. In 2012, the construction of a major 6-lane road across the lake (Donghu Tongdao) was started; it is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.[3]

In 2010, plans for extensive new development on the lake shores caused widespread criticism among the citizenry.[4]

Image gallery[edit]

Fishing[edit]

The East Lake has long been used by local fishermen. According to the 1977 statistics, the annual fish yield of the 1500-hectare fishing area of the lake ("The East lake Fish Farm") was 450 kg/ha.[5] The introduction of better fish management techniques have allowed the yields to increase in the following decade, with 1840 tons by 1995.[6]

The main species with which the lake is stocked are the silver carp and the bighead carp.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little penguin in Wuhan aquarium, Xinhua, 2007-01-02
  2. ^ Chu castle on Mo Mountain in Wuhan
  3. ^ 图文:东湖通道开工 计划后年通车, 2012-10-28
  4. ^ The Battle for East Lake in Wuhan, 13 April 2010
  5. ^ American Oceanography Delegation, Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (1980), Oceanography in China: a trip report of the American Oceanography Delegation submitted to the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, Issue 9 of CSCPRC report, Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (U.S.)., National Academies, p. 13 
  6. ^ a b Li, Wenhua (2001), "Fish farming in the East Lake (Dong Hu) of Wuhan", Agro-ecological farming systems in China, Volume 26 of Man and the biosphere series, Taylor & Francis, pp. 73–76, ISBN 92-3-103784-6 

Coordinates: 30°34′N 114°23′E / 30.567°N 114.383°E / 30.567; 114.383