Travel News China: Visit Qiandao Lake
The highly-anticipated G20 Summit will be held in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. In addition to West Lake, Hangzhou is also home to world-renowned 573-square kilometer Qiandao Lake, an exquisite body of water dotted by 1,078 emerald islands. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and water, as well as many eco-friendly elements.
With the G20 Summit approaching, the Qiandao Lake Scenic Tourism Bureau of Chun’an County has sent an invitation to people around the world: there are infinite surprises here for you.
Qiandao Lake is located in Chun’an county, a region with a history dating back more than 1,800 years, and where the ancient Huizhou and Jiangnan cultures met and become fused into one.
Beneath the surface of Qiaodao Lake lie two thousand-year old ancient cities, Shicheng (Lion City) and Hecheng, which were built in the Han and Tang dynasties with their gates, stone tablets and ancient sculptures still clearly visible today. In February 2011, the China-based monthly magazine Chinese National Geography published a series of exquisite and amazing photos depicting the underwater ancient cities. In June 2016, Lion City officially opened its gates after reconstruction, lifting the veil of the ancient city.
Qiandao Lake’s fish and pig-head competition cultures, which trace their origins to more than 800 years ago, have also attracted the attention from many foreign artists. French artist Anne-Catherine Becker Echivard created a fish-head artwork entitled Chun’an Fish Story.
In addition to its profound culture, Qiandao Lake also provides an opportunity to partake in a variety of unforgettable leisure and tourism activities including riding on the greenway circling the lake, aquatic sports, canyon rafting, swimming in a natural outdoor swimming pool, lakeside camping, fishing and sampling of local food delicacies.