Thousand Island Lake, China Felix Wong

What happens when you flood a valley containing over a thousand hills and mountains for a river dam project and hydroelectric station?

The peaks become islands, that’s what. And that’s how Thousand Island Lake—a.k.a. Qiandao Lake—got it’s name.

Qiandao Lake is now an awe-inspiring scenic area and tourist attraction, and our tour group got to board a mini cruise-ship for a short ride over to a couple of the islands. One of them was named Lock Island, and it soon became obvious how it got this moniker. It had a fun padlock theme, including what is supposedly the world’s largest lock and fences made of giant wooden locks.

We were given a couple hours to “explore” this island, which in Chinese fashion, was absolutely free of litter and graffiti. It was an absolutely delightful, and gorgeous, destination. See photos below.

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Photos

The pictures below were taken with a Canon Powershot ELPH 110 HS.


Ceiling detail at the lobby of the ZTG Resort Thousand Island Lake hotel. (May 21, 2014)At the harbor where we'd board a cruise ship to visit some of the islands in Thousand Island Lake.Woman in our tour group framed by a lion's mouth.On Thousand Island Lake.My dad on the cruise ship at Thousand Island Lake.Thousand Island Lake as viewed from an island.The islands we visited had a lock theme.Wall of a building on an island in Thousand Island Lake.Boat in Thousand Island Lake.Giant locks making up a fence.My parents in front of a heart.A giant key frames a tourist taking a photo.Chinese characters on a wall.Bird.My parents in front a crescent display."Love"Chinese characters in a falling water display.Thousand Island Lake.Boats on Thousand Island Lake.I assume that this is the world's largest lock that Wikipedia alluded to.

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