Located in Longgang range in the western part of Changbai Mountain,
Longwan crater lake group is China’s biggest crater lake group.
These alpine lakes are formed in volcanic eruption in ancient
geological age. Sanjiaolong Wan National Forest Park has many cater
lakes which are famous for their complicated topography and the
unusual landform. The park takes up 81square kilometers (31 miles)
out of which 2 square kilometers (0.9 miles) are covered by water
and 68 square kilometers (26 miles) by forest. It was listed as one
of the national nature preserves in 1992.
The attraction is made up of 10 scenic spots (seven bays, one
waterfall and two peaks): Dalong Bay, Erlong Bay, Sanjiaolong Bay,
Xiaolong Bay, Donglong Bay, Nanlong Bay, Hanlong Bay, Jinlongding
(golden dragon peak), Sifangding (square peak) and Diaoshuihu
Waterfall. More than 100 sceneries are situated in the attraction
The major scenery spot, Sanjiaolong Bay, is 687 meters (2,253 ft)
high. Crater wall is 50 (164 ft) to 130 meters (427 ft) high, the
lake coverage is 0.43 square kilometers (about 0.2 miles) and the
deepest point is 86 meters (282 ft). It possesses graceful
mountains and precipitous cliffs, marvelous stones and pleasant
It is said that there used to be a black dragon cultivating itself
here. That dragon flew to the Tianchi Lake (Celestial Lake) in
Changbai Mountain later. Its resting place forms Sanjiaolong Bay
(triangle dragon bay). The bay gets the name from its triangle
shape. Some also say that the name is from the triangle megalith
standing in the south of the bay.
The bay is divided into two parts——the south part and the north
part. The south bay with open lake is bigger. The north bay is
small but calm. A small island is situated in the middle of the
bay. A pavilion which is called Lingxin Pavilion is built on the
island. The bay is surrounded by precipitous cliffs and spectacular
The cliffs in the east are like with fresco. The crater cliff is
undulate, clothing with green trees; the water in the lake is clean
and quiet. The scenery here is the best in Longwan Bay.
The Diaoshuihu Waterfall, 10 meters (33 ft) wide and 6 meters (20
ft)deep, was shaped by both the eruption of a volcano and the break
of the river bank. It is a tourist destination unlike any other but
an awe-inspiring vacation destination. The Falls give off a
round-the-clock roar, a refreshing and surprisingly far-reaching -
mist, and a reminder of just how wondrous our natural world is.
From the marvel of gazing at the waterfall from innumerable
look-out points to adrenaline-fueled activities like whitewater jet
boats, there are many ways to experience them. It is a bustling
destination full of activities for most everyone.
Two peaks, Jinlongding (golden dragon peak) and Sifangding (square
peak) are of outstanding value from the point of view of
aesthetics, science, history and culture. Both rise abruptly to
over 1,000 meters (3,281 ft) above the vast plain of northeast
China. The sharp contrast between the peaks and their surrounding
plain and hills makes it especially majestic.
How to get there: Sanjiaolong Wan National Forest Park is located 45 kilometers (28
miles) from Zhaoyang Town Huinan County. Travelers can take the
tour shuttle bus from Huinan Bus Station. The whole journey only
costs 40 minutes.
Ticketing: The ticket fare charges 80 yuan.
Open time: 8:00–5:30
Travellers can customize a tour including Sanjiaolong WanNational