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Two More 4A Level Scenic Areas 2019-01-02
Hangzhou is widely known for its picturesque scenery comprising of verdant mountains and lucid waters and, just recently, two more of Hangzhou’s scenic areas have been ranked as provincial 4A level scenic areas*. These two locations are Stone Forest Scenic Area and Wenyuan Lion City in Qiandao Lake.

*In China, there is a rating system used to evaluate the quality of scenic areas with 5A being the highest.

Qiandao Lake Stone Forest Scenic Area

Stone Forest Scenic Areas is located at Shilin Town, southeast of Qiandao Lake Scenic Area and 46 kilometers from Qiandaohu Town. If you visit Qiandao Lake and want to avoid the noisy crowds, then Stone Forest Scenic Area is the place to be.

Qiandao Lake Stone Forest Scenic Area

Qiandao Lake Stone Forest is one of the "Top Four Stone Forests of China." It is praised as "a wonder of East China" for its large scale and splendid landscapes. The place is characterized by maze-like karst landscapes and inside the scenic area, one can find cliffy peaks, overlapping mountains, and various stone formations such as stalagmites, stalactites, and stone caves. Wthin the 20sq km scenic area, 0.5sq km is dedicated to 10,000 meters of zig-zagging paths which are hidden in and amongst rocks so, you may find yourself lost or simply back to where you started.

Address: Shilin Town, Chun’an County, Hangzhou

Wenyuan Lion City

Most people know about Qiandao Lake, but very few people know that under the artificial lake lies two century-old cities, Hecheng City and Shi Cheng (Lion) City. In 1959, during the construction of the Xin'an hydropower station the two cities, along with another 27 counties/ towns, 1000 villages and 199 million sq m of paddy fields, were submerged in water and 290 thousand residents had to be relocated. Although Hecheng Village has been destroyed, Lion City has been able to preserve itself to how it was before the floods. 

Wenyuan Lion City

The Lion City, which has been resting at the bottom of the lake for over 50 years, is now recreated at the proportion of 1:1 and is named Wenyuan Lion City. People have heralded it the oriental Atlantis.

In Wenyuan Lion City, old streets with distinctive features and the prosperous market and fairs of the underwater ancient city have all been recreated. In Wenyuan Lion City, there are also seven ancient memorial archways which re-tell the ancient city in the form of sculptures and ancient prose.
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