THE UNDERWATER CITY
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.