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Underwater Shi Cheng

If you are looking for a different vacation, you can get to a destination that only few can afford: diving in the underwater city of Shi Cheng in China. Beneath the waters of the artificial lake Qindao in Zhejiang Province, its interest as a tourist destination has grown after appearing in a report in National Geographic.

Underwater Shi Cheng

Underwater Shi Cheng

The lake was created after flooding the Xin’an River Valley for the construction of a hydroelectric plant and covers an area of ​​573 km ². This place is also called the Thousand Islands, beacuse of the numerous islands located in the place, surrounded by lush forests. It is also one of the most beautiful and exotic environments in China – and a unique destination for diving.

Underwater Shi Cheng

Underwater Shi Cheng

The city of Shi Cheng has remained unchanged for more than 1,700 years. Its 250 arches,towers and cobbled streets and walks have been preserved in perfect condition and you can observe them perfectly thanks to the clarity of its waters. Here I must mention that the lake water is drinkable and in fact it used for the production of mineral water Nong Fu.

Underwater Shi Cheng

Underwater Shi Cheng

The Big Blue dive operator that is based in the city of Shanghai offers weekend outings there twice a month throughout the year. They have even come to discover parts of the city that were not known yet. Undoubtedly, it is the dream destination for all lovers of snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as for those willing to travel there and enjoy the magnificent environment.

Underwater Shi Cheng

Underwater Shi Cheng

Following the publication of the report by National Geographic, the public interest for that place rose. There was even an idea of building a submerged tunnel for up to 48 people and to facilitate access to tourists but it was dismissed in order to preserve the vast architectural treasures Shi Cheng city ​​hosts. In conclusion, this underwater city is a destination that scuba divers and diving fans in general would be happy to visit and hopefully that can be done for a long time.

Underwater Shi Cheng

Underwater Shi Cheng

Shi Cheng photos by: randy tenvoorte, tang tran minh thanh

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