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Thousand Islets Lake & Mt. Tiantai

 Thousand Islets Lake

Have you ever heard a brand of Chinese mineral water, Nongfu Spring? if yes, then you should know the Thousand Islets Lake, Qian Dao Hu in Chinese, for it is the water that  Nongfu Spring comes from. Water in the lake is drinkable even without processing.

Located in Chun'an County, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, the Qiandao Lake is 150 kilometers from Hangzhou and Huangshan. It is named the Thousand Islets Lake due to its 1,078 islets distributed in. The lake has been listed as the National Forest Park since 1986.

Qiandao Lake is a new, artificial lake created in 1959. It is also a pure lake because the thick forest surrounding the lake purifies the atmosphere here. With eighty-one percent of the park wooded, providing habitat for flora and fauna. A timber, Mao bamboo (a material used in architecture) and a kind of tea receive good comments. Qiandao Lake is definitely a beautiful lake. The many islets of various shapes add elegance to the lake. In a word, Qiandao Lake is a pleasure to behold. More than  twenty sights that having been developed are including the natural scenes, cultural sights, animal sanctuary and entertainment facilities.

Graceful natural beauty and a fine environment ensure Qiandao Lake has a bright future. With the form of a golden tourist line, Hangzhou - Qiandao Lake - Mt. Huangshan, Qiandao Lake has been a hot spot for tourists heading to Hangzhou.

Admission Fee: CNY 120 from March 1 to November 30,
CNY 100 from December 1 to the end of next February

 Mt. Tiantai

Located in the middle-east part of Zhejiang Province, Mt. Tiantai, a national tourist attraction, is approximately 92 kilometers ( 57 miles) from Taizhou City of Zhejiang.

Reputed all over the country since the Northern and Southern dynasties (386 - 589), Mt. Tiantai has received praises in the poems written by ancient famous poets. Xu Xiake, a renowned Chinese poet of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) made a specific description of the beauty of Mt. Tiantai in his travel journal.

Mt. Tiantai is also the home to Chinese Tiantai Buddhist Sect. Guoqing Monastery is located at the foot of Tiantai Mountain and is recognized as the cradle and ancestral temple of the Tiantai Sect. Furthermore, the grand historical sites of Tiantai Mountain gathered here made Guoqing Monastery area, 'Guoqing Scenic Area'.

At a height of 1,138 meters (3,734 feet), the highest peak of Tiantai Mountain is the best place to view the sunrise. The Waterfall Below the Stone Bridge (Shiliang Fei Pu) is one of the important spots on Mt. Tiantai. Located in the northeast of Guoqing Monastery are two huge stones with a third stone bridging them together. Under the stone there is a waterfall rushing down the deep valley. It is a very spectacular sight.

Admission Fee: CNY 10 for the entrance charge
(excluding CNY 60 for the Shiliang Scenic Spot, CNY 15 for the Guoqing Monastery, CNY 15 for the Chicheng Scenic Spot and CNY 25 for the Tonghu Scenic Spot)