Qiandao Lake

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Qiandao Lake
Thousand Island Lake.JPG
Thousand Island Lake or Qiandao Lake viewed from atop a bell tower
Qiandao Lake is located in Zhejiang
Qiandao Lake
Qiandao Lake
LocationChun'an County, Zhejiang
Coordinates29°36′33″N 118°59′24″E / 29.60917°N 118.99000°E / 29.60917; 118.99000Coordinates: 29°36′33″N 118°59′24″E / 29.60917°N 118.99000°E / 29.60917; 118.99000
Basin countriesChina
Surface area573 km2 (221 sq mi)
Average depth26 m (85 ft).
Max. depth120 m (394 ft).
Water volume17.8 km3 (4.3 cu mi).
Surface elevation108 m (354 ft).
Qiandao Lake seen near the middle, in relation to the Qiantang River basin

Qiandao Lake (simplified Chinese: 千岛湖; traditional Chinese: 千島湖; pinyin: Qiāndǎo Hú; lit. 'Thousand Island Lake'), a human-made, freshwater lake located in Chun'an County, Zhejiang Province, China, was formed after the completion of the Xin'an River hydroelectric station in 1959.


1,078 large islands dot the lake and a few thousand smaller ones are scattered across it. Over 90% of the area is forested. The islands in the lake include Bird Island, Snake Island, Monkey Island, Lock Island (featuring supposedly the world's biggest lock),[clarification needed] and the Island to Remind You of Your Childhood. The lake covers an area of 573 km2 (221 sq mi) and has a storage capacity of 17.8 km3 (4.3 cu mi). The islands in the lake cover about 86 km2 (33 sq mi).


In the submerged city of Shicheng

Xin'an River Dam[edit]

The valley was flooded in 1959 to create the lake for the Xin'an River Dam project.[1] The dam that created the lake is located at 29°29′01″N 119°12′48″E / 29.48361°N 119.21333°E / 29.48361; 119.21333 (Xin'an Dam) and is 105 m (344 ft) tall with a crest length of 466.5 m (1,531 ft). Xin'an Dam was the first dam constructed in China with a height greater than 100 m (328 ft) and its power plant has an installed capacity of 845 MW.[2]

Submerged city of Shi Cheng[edit]

Submerged in the lake, at the foot of Wu Shi Mountain (五狮山, "Five Lion Mountain"), lies an ancient city known as Shi Cheng (狮城, "Lion City"). It was built during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25–200) and was first set up as a county in AD 208. The city acquired its name from nearby Wu Shi (Five Lion) Mountain, which is now known as Wu Shi Island since it too became partially submerged by the reservoir. At present Shi Cheng remains well-preserved and undisturbed at a depth of 26–40 m (85–131 ft).

Besides the city of Shi Cheng many other historic sites have been confirmed beneath the water.

Qiandao Lake incident[edit]

In 1994, in an event since named the Qiandao Lake Incident, three hijackers boarded a boat full of tourists and set it on fire, killing all 32 passengers on board. The passengers were mainly tourists from Taiwan.[3][4]

Archimedes bridge[edit]

In 1998, a Chinese-Italian consortium began planning the construction of a prototype of a submerged floating tunnel (also known as an Archimedes bridge), and decided in 2005 to build it across Qiandao Lake. The bridge, the first in the world of its kind, is expected to span 100 m (330 ft), as a proof of concept for larger bridges.[5][6][7]


Companies take advantage of the pristine quality of the water and environment for aquaculture and water branding. Qiandao Lake is used to produce the Nongfu Spring brand of mineral water. Kaluga Queen produces much of the world's caviar through raising sturgeon in pens at the lake.[8]

The lake has made Zhejiang a popular area for tourists. As a result, housing development has increased in the area since the late 1990s.


An expressway links Hangzhou, Qiandao Lake, and Huangshan in Anhui. Every half an hour buses leave from West Hangzhou bus station to that connect Qiandao Lake.[9]

On December 2015, 2018, high speed rail services started to serve the Qiandaohu railway station on the Hangzhou-Huangshan intercity railway.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Qiandao Lake flooded". The International Camellia Journal (32–36): 25. 2000. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Xin'anjiang Hydropower Station". eTeacher Group Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Fire on the Lake" (PDF). International Committee for human right in Taiwan. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ Xin, Xin (2012). How the Market is Changing China's News: The Case of Xinhua News Agency. New York: Lexington Books. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7391-5097-9.
  5. ^ "'Archimedes Bridge' in China?". China Daily. December 18, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "First Archimedes Bridge Prototype to Appear in Zhejiang". crienglish.com. April 19, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Mazzolani, F.M.; Faggiano, B.; Martire, G. (2010). "Design aspects of the AB prototype in the Qiandao Lake". Procedia Engineering. 4: 21–33. doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2010.08.005.
  8. ^ "Fishy business". China Daily. December 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Qiandao Lake provides beauty 1,000 times". Shanghai Daily. April 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "千岛湖正式开启高铁旅游新时代——杭黄高铁"千岛湖号"旅游专列首发团抵淳-新华网". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 2019-01-11.

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