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Home >> Criterion Of China's Five Most Beautiful Lakes

Criterion Of China's Five Most Beautiful Lakes

* Pre-requisites: Naturally formed lakes, not the artificial reservoir.
* Visual good relations with neighboring lake environment (including close-range and long-range), giving a unique appeal of beauty;
* Rich in the aquatic and biological species in lakes region (referring to the catchments area of the lake's water);
* Lakes region is endowed with rich and special cultural heritage, some unique cultural association between lakes and residents around lakes;
* By the extent of water pollution in a small lake, and a high degree of transparency;
* Tourism development in lakes region is not based on the principle of natural beauty.

1: West Lake

The West Lake derives its name from the fact that it lies west of the city of Hangzhou. Over hundreds of years, it changed from a bay to a lagoon, and then, before the Tang Dynasty (618¨C907), to a completely inland lake. During the ensuing Song (960¨C1279), Yuan (1206¨C1368), Ming (1368¨C1644) and Qing (1644¨C1911) Dynasties, the lake underwent repeated building and repairs.


2: Heavenly Lake

The Changbai Mountain that is one of the 10 famous mountains in China is outstanding natural beauty. The mountain is famous for its marvelous volcano crater heavenly lake, rich flora and fauna and the elegant snow and ice scenery. The boundless stretches of forest sea and snowfields, the high and awesome waterfall and the elegant lake form the most marvelous North China scenery; can be called the great Eurasian Green Gallery.


3: Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake, lies in the north Tibetan plateau north of the main peak of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain, located 60 kilometers northwest of Dangxiong County.
It is 4718 meters above the sea level, 70 kilometers in length, 30 kilometers in width, 55 meters deep, and 1961.5square kilometers in size. It is both the highest and biggest salt-water lake in the world, and the highest of Tibet's three largest lakes and the second largest salt lake in China.


4: Kanas Lake

This frigid highland valley lake, nestling at the foot of the Youyi (Friendship) Peak of the Altay Mountains, is actually the widest section of the Kanas River, a tributary of the Erix River. The Erix originates in the Erix glacier, winds its way through the mountains becoming slow and gentle once it flows into this narrow strip of lowland.


5: Qinghai Lake

The Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland lake and its largest salt-water lake. It was created, some 40 million years ago, because of the collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates and the lifting of the Himalayan Sea to create the mountain chain. Being 3,260 meters above sea level, and with a circumference of 360 kilometers, the lake has a water area of 4,340 square kilometers and contains 77.8 billion cubic meters of water.

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