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12/13/2017 5:37:12 AM

Can You Believe That Underneath This Lake Is The World`s Greatest Underwater City?

A thousand-year-old city with a maze of white temples, memorial arches, paved roads, and houses is hidden about 85-131 feet (26-40 meters) underwater: this is China’s “Atlantis rediscovered.”

Shi Cheng, or the Lion City, tucked in a lake between the Five Lion Mountain, was once the centre of politics and economics in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China.

In 1955, the Chinese government chose the area to build a new hydroelectric power station. In 1959, the Lion City was flooded and the man-made Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake) was born.

The underwater city was rediscovered in 2001.

Deep beneath this gorgeous Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake) is something even more stunning.

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A historical city built almost 1400 years ago is buried here for over half a century.

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Shi Cheng, dubbed Lion City after the Lion Mountains that surround it, was purposely-flooded in 1959 to make way for a hydroelectric power station.

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The Lion City was about the size of 62 football fields.

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There were 265 memorial arches in the preserved ruins. This Jie Xiao Memorial Arch is the most well known one.

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It was almost all black by 28 meters underwater.

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The darkness keeps the buried city well preserved.

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Even wooden structures remain surprisingly strong.

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There are rows of houses made out of brick, with wooden stairs that are still almost pristine.

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Brick walls are still standing, but in bad shape.

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A lion statue of the city.

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A historical structure is still intact.

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All the details of the centerpiece are still there.

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This is a restoration picture of Shi Cheng.

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The houses of the city before it was submerged, sketched by a former resident.

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About 291500 people were relocated to make room for the Xin’an River Dam project. This is Xinanjiang Hydroelectric Station.

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To build a power station, a thousand-year-old city is buried forever.

But the Lion City is still a lucky one. He Cheng, a nearby city built in 208 was destroyed before the flooding. The Lion City was left intact due to the faster-than-expected speed of flooding. In other words, the water came too earlier than planned, leaving no time for the government to demolish the city.


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