Saturday, January 23, 2016

Underwater Cities Series: Shi Cheng, China

Beneath Qiandao Lake in Chun'an County, Zhejiang, China is a lost city known as Shi Cheng or Lion City. It was built during the Eastern Han Dinasty, and gained it's name from the nearby mountain called Wu Shi Mountain ("Five Lions"). The lake was formed after the Xin'an River hydroelectric station was completed in 1959, covering the Lion City. The city is usually submerged in the lake from 85 to 131 feet. 

It is hauntingly beautiful, more than maintaining it's title of "Lion City" with tons of lion and lion like dragon statues. The darkness of the water at this depth in the lake, lends an extra air of eeriness to the city, giving it a creepy look. Here are some photos:


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