China Scenic - - Lens - Photo/ Wu Lixin

In 1957, the con­struc­tion of the Xin’an­jiang Re­serv­ior flooded sev­eral nearby his­tor­i­cal towns and vil­lages. This in turn led to the moun­tain peaks of the area be­com­ing a col­lec­tion of small is­lands, cre­at­ing to­day’s well-known Thou­sand Is­lands Lake Scenic Re­sort in Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. As for the an­cient towns, they still lie at the bot­tom of the lake, where they have been pre­served, sur­pris­ingly well, for more than five decades. In the end of Novem­ber, 2009, we started our jour­ney of the ex­plo­ration un­der the Thou­sand Is­lands Lake. Af­ter we fi­nally got into the un­der­wa­ter city, we found build­ings, but none of them had roofs. As we moved south­east­ward, a brick build­ing emerged from the dark­ness. Un­der the light, every inch of the build­ing’s sur­face was cov­ered with fine and beau­ti­ful carv­ings.

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