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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thousand-year-old Ancient Towns Lie under Zhejiang Hangzhou Thousand Islets Lake

Situated in Chun'an County, about 150 km (93 miles) west of Hangzhou City and is 140km (87 miles) southeast of Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Thousand Islets Lake (Qian Dao Lake) is a young lake formed in 1959 as a result of the construction of New Anjiang Hydroelectric Power Station(the first Hydroelectric Power Station of New China).

Recently I was astonished by a piece of news: Under the Thousand Islets Lake, there are two 1,800 years old ancient towns named Shi cheng (Lion City) and He cheng (He City). So, I did check a lot of historical books, one of which says 1,800 years ago in the period of Three Kingdoms (220-265), General He Qi, one brave general of Wu Kingdom, separate the lands near She County into Wu Kingdom after he had defeated the local separatist forces and suppressed the local Shan-Yue people.

In the tent of Commander, General He Qi took out two Chess pieces from the Chess box and put them slowly on the map, thus came the Shi city and He city, the key city of Chun'an town and Sui'an Town respectively. As the problem of how beautiful or how large these two towns are, it’s beyond my words. Have you seen the Tangyu Archways? They are a group of 7 beautiful and well decorated archways. However, these two towns have 265 archways. The pictures I listed below will give you more information.

Hangzhou Thousand Islets Lake

Yachts on Qiandao Lake

Archway of the Ancient Town

Dragon Carving on ancient house

Lion and Flower Carving on ancient house

Stairs of ancient house

Diving to explore the hidden truth
The Sketch of the ancient town

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