Located in Chun'an County, around 160 kilometers west of Hangzhou,
Thousand Islets Lake is currently the largest man-made lake in
China. It got its name from the 1078 islets in the lake. The lake
is famous for its crystal-clear water and picturesque scenery.
Covering an area of 573 square kilometers, the lake is more than
one hundred times larger than West Lake in Hangzhou. Forest covers
nearly 93 per cent of the lake area, which is home to over 1,800
varieties of plant and 2,100 wild animals. With an average depth of
34 meters, its water visibility can reach 7 to 12 meters. .
Apart from its tranquil natural scenery, Qiandao Hu also boasts
some exciting historical finds. Two ancient towns, both dating
back more than 1,800 years, were discovered under the lake in
2002. After preliminary investigation, experts believe they might
be the biggest ancient building complexes found in China. The two
towns were submerged 40 years ago to make way for a reservoir.
Historical records show that the towns were filled with traditional
Chinese buildings made of brick, stone and tile.
Transportation between Thousand Islets Lake and Hangzhou
Direct buses are available at Hangzhou West Long Distance Bus
Station(杭州汽车西站). Buses are available from 6:00 till 18:40 every 40
Direct buses from Thousand Islets Lake are available at
Qiandaohu Long Distance Bus (千岛湖长途汽车站). From 5:20 till 18:00, buses
depart every 40 minutes.