PSAI Divers Explore Ancient Underwater
City in China Exploration of Lion City
PSAI divers from China made an exploration dive trip to Qian Dao Lake, which is in Zhe Jiang Province of China. There they explored the ancient city called Lion city. The temperature on land is around 3 to 5 centigrade, so dry suit is a must. The underwater visibility was around 3 to 5 meters. The depth range was from 25 to 28m. QianDao Lake is quite quiet and beautiful in winter. The blue sky and lake water contrast with the yellow landscape. It is a good place when you want to escape from the loud city life.
Lion City was built in Dong Han (25 – 200), setup as county in 208. It was named “Lion City” because “Wu Shi mountain ( Five Lion Mountain )”, which sits just behind of the city.
In September 1959, the Xin Anjiang Dam, which was designed by the Chinese, began construction to create a reservoir and 290,000 people were relocated from the city which they’ve lived for over one thousand years. The reservoir was designed to flood any area below an altitude of 108m above sea level putting Lion city at 25-40m underwater (depending on the season).
Thanks for the PSAI photographer of Wang Tao ,Liu Jin and Du Jinen.