Qilu Lake

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Qilu Lake
Tonghai County - Qilu Lake - P1360205.JPG
Qilu Lake is located in Yunnan
Qilu Lake
Qilu Lake
Coordinates24°9′N 102°47′E / 24.150°N 102.783°E / 24.150; 102.783Coordinates: 24°9′N 102°47′E / 24.150°N 102.783°E / 24.150; 102.783
Primary outflowsnone
Catchment area341 km2 (132 sq mi)
Basin countriesChina
Max. length10.4 km (6 mi)
Max. width4.4 km (3 mi)
Surface area36.86 km2 (0 sq mi)
Average depth4.03 m (13 ft)
Max. depth6.8 m (22 ft)
Water volume148.6×10^6 m3 (5.25×10^9 cu ft)
Surface elevation1,796.75 m (5,895 ft)
SettlementsTonghai County

Qilu Lake (Chinese: 杞麓湖; pinyin: Qǐlù Hú) is a plateau lake in Yunnan Province, in southwestern China. The lake has a total area of about 36.86 square kilometers. The average depth is 4.03 m, with an elevation of 1796.75 m. the water storage capacity is about 1.486×108m3.[1]

The lake is named after the Qilu mountain (nowadays called Xiushan), directly south of Tonghai county seat. During the Yuan dynasty, the lake used to be larger and reach up to the base of this mountain. The lake has no outlet rivers, but water can leave the area through karst caves.[2] It has a rich aquatic life, supporting a large population of shrimp, carp, black carp, herring, and catfish.[3]

According to local legend, the area around the lake used to be flooded and was called Tonghai. A monk used a shippei to make a hole in the lake bed and allow water to flow out.[3]

In the 20th century, the lake size was reduced due to soil erosion and land reclamation, as well as the lake becoming polluted. Since the 1990s, measures have been taken to reverse this.[3]


  1. ^ Sumin, Wang; Hongshen, Dou (1998). Lakes in China. Beijing: Science Press. p. 381. ISBN 7-03-006706-1.
  2. ^ 地理新视窗丛书(套装共6册). 青苹果数据中心. 21 July 2015. p. 232. GGKEY:61BES36E0JX.
  3. ^ a b c http://history.kunming.cn/index/content/2009-06/30/content_1908616.htm