Thousand-island (Qiandao) Lake, Zhejiang province
(千岛湖 qiān dǎo hú)
Thousand Islands Lake lies in Chun'an county, about 150 kilometers west of Hangzhou.
With 81percent of the area covered in forests, Thousand Islands Lake is a pure lake with clean, fresh water and air.
The lake is noted for its lush green mountains, crystal-clear water, exotic caves and strange stones. Nongfu Spring Water, a renowned mineral water brand, takes its water from this lake.
The best times to visit Thousand Islands Lake is in autumn and winter, when there is less rainfall. Fine weather, cool and fresh air and clear water are really enjoyable.
Scenic spot level: AAAAA
Ideal sightseeing season: autumn and winter
Opening hours: March-November: 8 am-5 pm
December to February: 8:40am-4:30 pm
Ticket price: March-November:130 yuan
December to February: 60 yuan
Address: Qiandaohu town, Chun'an county, Zhejiang province
Sample the distinctively cooked seafood and other local food there. Take home souvenirs like inkstones, hemp embroidery and products made of pearls.