In one specific area in China, the aftermath of an ancient flood is attracting tourists today.
Heavy floods usually means bad news for everyone involved.
However in a beautiful area of China, the aftermath of a government mandated flood is now attracting tourists to an ancient city. Underneath the Qiandao lake in Zhejiang province rests a place called Lion City.
The metropolis was built over 1,000 years ago, but in 1959 the Chinese government submerged the city to accommodate a hydroelectric power plant. In order to make room for a reservoir, the area had to be flooded.
After a little while, Lion City was basically forgotten about. Not too many people knew it was still intact and undisturbed under the water’s surface.
Fast forward several decades to 2001. The attention was soon back to Lion City after a tourism authority asked a Beijing diving club to explore the Qiandao lake. It didn’t take long for word to spread about the stone carvings and guardian lions featured throughout the city.
Ancient houses that bear a resemblance to castles along with intricately carved walls and memorial arches are a few more underwater highlights.
Tourists began flocking to the area, and dive operators schedule trips for curious divers throughout the year.