Hongze Lake

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Hongze Lake
Location Jiangsu Province
Coordinates 33°18′27″N 118°42′36″E / 33.30750°N 118.71000°E / 33.30750; 118.71000Coordinates: 33°18′27″N 118°42′36″E / 33.30750°N 118.71000°E / 33.30750; 118.71000
Primary inflows Huai River
Basin countries China

Hongze Lake (Chinese: 洪澤湖; pinyin: Hóngzé Hú) is located in Jiangsu Province, China and is encompassed by the prefecture-level cities Suqian (Sihong County and Siyang County) and Huai'an (Xuyi County and Hongze County).

Lake Hongze is the fourth largest freshwater lake in China. Lake Hongze has quadrupled in size since the 12th century.[citation needed]

A particularly large change happened in 1680, when the Yellow River changed its course and merged with the Huai River. Heavy sediment from the Yellow River blocked the course of the Huai River and diverted water from the Huai, creating Hongze Lake as we know it today. The city of Sizhou was completely submerged, as was the nearby Ming Ancestors Mausoleum. The latter was rediscovered only in the 1960s.[1]


  1. ^ Eric N. Danielson, "The Ming Ancestor Tomb". CHINA HERITAGE QUARTERLY, No. 16, December 2008.

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