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The Flooded City of Shicheng: Before and After Picture Comparison

Lost Underwater Marvels: Shicheng City Beneath Qiandao Lake

Shicheng, an ancient city with a history dating back approximately 1300 years, now resides underwater at depths ranging from 26 to 40 meters. The city’s remarkable preservation and underwater allure were highlighted in a series of photographs published by Chinese National Geographic magazine, showcasing the submerged Shicheng City (literally “Lion City”) in Zhejiang. Additionally, intriguing images of the city before its inundation were discovered on Chinese internet platforms.

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Flooded City of Shicheng
Flooded City of Shicheng
Flooded City of Shicheng

The city’s submergence came about in 1959, owing to the creation of a lake for the Xin’an River Dam project, situated in the valley beneath Wu Shi Mountain (or “Five Lion” Mountain). Known also as Shi Cheng (“Lion City”), it was established during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 – 200) and became a county in AD 208. Its name, “Shi Cheng”, derives from its proximity to Wu Shi Mountain. Currently, Shi Cheng rests undisturbed underwater between depths of 26 and 40 meters. Big Blue, a dive operator from Shanghai, organizes bi-monthly weekend trips throughout the year to Qiandao Lake, facilitating exploration of this hidden underwater city.

Qiandao Lake, a man-made lake in Chun’an County, came into existence following the construction of the Xin’an River hydroelectric station in 1959. Historically, the city was a pivotal hub for the politics, economics, and culture of Sui’an County.

Restoration efforts and maps of Shicheng reveal that the city was protected by five gates, each situated in a different direction, with a gate tower on each, making a total of five towers. Furthermore, six streets were designed to interconnect all areas of the city, promoting unity and accessibility. The city’s roadways were meticulously paved with flagstones and pebbles, indicative of the city’s sophisticated urban planning and construction techniques.

Flooded City of Shicheng

The village of Wenchang buried deep under the water of Qiandao lake


Flooded City of Shicheng
Flooded City of Shicheng
Flooded City of Shicheng
Flooded City of Shicheng

Source

Wikipedia , China.orgn.cn via io9
http://www.qdhnews.com.cn/col1490/col5414/article.htm1?id=884486
http://news.hangzhou.com.cn/content/2012-04/30/content_4176485.htm

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