The famous Weiming (Unnamed) Lake in Peking University may soon dry up, as its deepest area is now only 30 centimeters.
The university is currently channeling additional water into the lake.
Many people are shocked by the current water level: rocks are exposed above the waterline, weeds are growing out of control and dead fish are floating on the surface of the water.
The lake's decline is attributed to Beijing's shortage of water and pollution. However, efforts are being made to control further contamination of the Weiming Lake's original source, the Wanquan River.
Reports indicate that a proposal related to the resolution of the Weiming Lake's water shortage was submitted to the just concluded legislative sessions in Beijing.
Yanjing University, the predecessor of Peking University, established the campus grounds in the 1920s, and officially named the body of water Weiming Lake.
The Boya Tower, the library and the Weiming Lake have stood as the University's most recognizable landmarks for generations.
(CRI.com March 16, 2004)