Top Ten Famous Lakes in China
Poyang Lake in Jiangxi
Poyang Lake is one of the seven world's important wetlands and the biggest fresh water lake in China. This mysterious lake is full decorated with poetic and picturesque scenery. Seen from distance, the lake resembles a giant gourd tying to the belt of the Yangtze River. Influenced by the southeast monsoon with a lot of water vapor, Poyang Lake is often wreathed in mist. Except that, as the habitat for half a million migratory birds, you can also admire the Siberian cranes there in winter.
Dongting Lake in Hunan
Dongting Lake is a large, shallow lake in northeastern Hunan province. The scene of Dongting Lake is most magnificent when overlooked from Sanjiangkou. Many state-level scenic spot attractions situate alongside the lake, such as: Yueyang Tower, Junshan Island, the tomb of Du Fu and Yang Yao Fortress. Except for the charming lakeside scenery, Dongting Lake is the original place of Dragon boat racing, which adding its popularity in Chinese culture. It is also a home to the Finless Porpoise, which is endangered in China.
West Lake in Zhejiang
It is said that West Lake is a gleaming pearl dropped from the heaven; another saying goes that West Lake likes a graceful girl sitting in Hangzhou. Numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands stand within the lake. The lake was described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and as reflecting "an idealized fusion between humans and nature." It was described into the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011.
Kanas Lake in Xinjiang
In mongolian, Kanas means “beautiful, rich and mysterious”. The lake is leaned close to the deep forests and mountains. It is the deepest freshwater lake in China and home to 798 species of plants and 117 varieties of birds. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dense forest, the lake takes on different colors in different seasons. Kanas Lake is also a mysterious place where you can see large lake creatures. The best travel time of Kanas Lake is September and October.
Qinghai Lake in Qinghai
Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China with twenty-three rivers and streams empting into it. When overlooked afar, Qinghai Lake is a picture unfolding before your eyes with evergreen mountains, clear and glittering waters, endless grassland, and clustering sheep. Sometimes, the lake is also circumambulated by pilgrims from the region. More surprising, the color of its water changes with the time of year and the time of day; it also changes with the water depth.
Namsto Lake in Tibet
Located in the northeast of Lhasa, Namtso Lake merges the Tibetan culture with natural sights. It is said by Buddhists that the five islands standing on the lake are embodiments of the Five Dhyani Buddhas.The quiet and placid lake, the clear sky, the giant snow mountains and the endless grasslands form a fantastic blue and sacred world for visitors. Just relax your body and baptize your soul in this blue and scared world.
Lugu Lake in Yunnan
Lugu Lake is a border lake located in the north of Lijiang. It is praised as the "the Pearl of the Plateau", owning to its high altitude, antiquity and calmness. Lugu Lake is the fusion of natural landscape and minority culture. Many minority ethnic groups, such as the Mosuo, Norzu, Yi, Pumi and Tibetan reside by the shores of the lake. The intoxicating scenery, the ancient and mysterious ethnic culture and time-honored villages create a paradise at Lugu Lake for visitors from all over the world.
Heaven Lake in Jilin
Heaven Lake is a crater lake on the border between China and North Korea. It lies within a caldera atop the volcanic Baekdu Mountain, a part of the Baekdudaegan mountain range and the Changbai mountain range. It is located partly in Ryanggang Province, North Korea, and partly in Jilin Province, northeastern China. The scenery of Heaven Lake is the most charming in July, August and September.
Taihu Lake in Jiangsu
Taihu Lake is the third largest freshwater lake of China, and also the largest lake in the Yangtze Delta plain. It is a well-known tourist attraction of eastern China with superb natural beauty and pleasant environment. Some 90 islets, large or small, plus the presence of many fleets of fishing junk boats, make it a remarkable spectacle. Cottages, geese and duck farms, fish ponds and fruit orchards make the place look like a fairyland.
Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang
Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Zhejiang province. 1,078 large islands dot the lake and a few thousand smaller ones are scattered across it. Qiandao Lake is well known for its clear and drinkable water in some places where the renowned mineral water of Nongfu Spring brand is produced. It is also home to lush forests and exotic islands. The popular attractions include Bird Island, Snake Island, Monkey Island, Lock Island.
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