Dongqian Lake lies in southeastern Ningbo, covering an area of 234 square kilometers. It is famous for its intoxicating blend of picturesque mountains as well as clear waters with abundant cultural heritages. Dongqian Lake is really a multi-functional and an ideal tourist destination as well as a good recreational spot.
This lake is said to be the largest natural fresh water lake in Zhejiang Province with a water area 19.89 square kilometers, four times that of Hangzhou West Lake. The lake is now 6.5 kilometers wide, 8.5 kilometers long and 45 kilometers in girth.
Dongqian Lake has over 1200 years history. It was finally turned into a first-rate reservoir and irrigation source as a result of the workers' strenuous work during subsequent dynasties. This lake has long since guaranteed good crops under all types of weather, helping transform the whole region into "a fertile land of fish and rice".
Things to do and see:
The Hanling Street: a thousand-year-old village
Central Lake Area: the 1800 metre-long dyke in the center of the lake which links to the Dual-Soul Hill in the east with the Reverend Tao's Island in the west.
The Museum Stone Carvings of the South Song Dynasty: this museum mainly displays collections of stone sculptured images for tomb passages during the South Song Dynasty; as well as a few 120 uncommon stone crafts carved during the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty.
Butuo Cave: it is a cave of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, a grotto bulit in the South Song Dynasty.
King Yue's Temple: this temple was built in memory of Yue Fei, a famous China's national hero in the South Song Dynasty.