Baiyangdian Lake

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Baiyangdian Lake
Location Hebei Province
Coordinates 38°51′00″N 116°00′00″E / 38.850°N 116.000°E / 38.850; 116.000Coordinates: 38°51′00″N 116°00′00″E / 38.850°N 116.000°E / 38.850; 116.000
Basin countries China
Surface area 366 km²

Baiyangdian Lake (Chinese: 白洋淀) is located in the Hebei Province, China. It is the largest natural lake in northern China. It is referred to as the Kidney of North China.

Environment[edit]

The lake is home to about 50 varieties of fish and multiple varieties of wild geese, duck, and birds. The lake and side parks also are home to a vast number of lotus, ti plants, and other plants. From harvesting the fauna and flora of the lake, the locals make a living.

Pollution effects[edit]

While appearing pristine in parts, Baiyangdian Lake is under assault from a variety of sources, most notably industrial waste emptied upstream, the holding back of replenishing waters into reservoirs by upstream communities, and local fish farming. The cleanup of Baiyangdian Lake has become a test for the Chinese government's vocal commitment to environmental causes, but Chinese environmentalists have painted this agenda as little more than empty promises, often pointing to the lake as evidence.

Tourism[edit]

Baiyangdian Lake is a national and international tourist attraction flaunting its peaceful water scenes and vast lotus gardens. Hand-driven and motorized boats are available for small to medium sized groups; large motorized boats are available for large groups usually accompanied by a tour guide. It is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.[1] Islands on the lake host local restaurants that cook with local ingredients and hotels for the overnight tourist.

The reeds in the lake

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AAAAA Scenic Areas". China National Tourism Administration. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2011.