Qiandao Lake or “Thousand Islets Lake,” situated in Chun’an County of Zhejiang Province, is a man-made lake formed after completion of the Xin’an River Hydroelectric Station. As the largest national park, Qiandao Lake takes an area of 380 square miles (982 square kilometers) and is dotted with 1,078 large islands.
Nestled among green hills, Qiandao Island is famous for its clear and drinkable water. Indeed, Nongfu Spring, a famous brand of mineral water in China, uses the water in Qiandao Lake. As a AAAAA-rated tourist attraction in Hangzhou, Qiaodao Lake includes such popular attractions as Bird Island, Snake Island, Monkey Island, and Lock Island, resulting in more than 5 millions tourists to visit Qiandao Lake from within China and abroad every year.
Meifengguan Island is highest in elevation among all islands of Qiandao Lake. Sightseeing Platform is the best place to overlook the roughly 300 islands around it. There are many beautiful sights on Meifengguan Island, but “The Pine Greeting Guests” is regarded as the best.
Monkey Island is made up of more than ten islands of different size. As its name suggests, the island shelters numerous monkeys. There are stump-tailed and Rhesus monkeys.
Covered with lush wood, Peacock Island is the home of various types of peacocks including Pavo muticus, blue peafowl, the white peacock, and more. More than 400 peacocks are kept in Grand Park (pinyin: Da Guan Yuan) which is the best place to watch peacocks flaunting their beautiful tails.
Over 6,000 birds of 50+ species from all over the world are raised on Bird Island. All these birds are held in different parks according to their type. If you put some meal-worms (Tenebrio molitor) on your palm and stretch your arm, many birds will fly to you to eat them out of your hand! The mynahs are even trained to say “Goodbye, you are welcome to come again” in Chinese before you leave the island.
Qishi Island (“strange stone”) collects numerous kinds of unique stones from across China. Among these stones, three of the “four great stones” in China stand out. These three stones are Taihu Stone, Lingbi Stone and diamond stone.
Admission Fee: 150RMB+45RMB (boat fee) from March 1 to November 30; 120RMB+45RMB (boat fee) from December 1 to the end of next February
Open Time: 8:00-16:30