Top 10 attractions in Jilin, China

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 Chagan Lake(查干湖)

Chagan Lake, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Jilin, China' by

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Chagan Lake is located in Songyuan City, northwest of Jilin Province. The name "Chagan" comes from Mongolian, which means sacred, pure or white, so the lake is often referred to as Sacred Lake or Holy Water Lake by the locals.

Covering a total area of 420 square kilometers (42,000 hectares), the lake is one of the 10 largest fresh water lakes in China, the biggest in Jilin.

The lake is well-known for its traditional Mongolian-style winter fishing that dates back to prehistoric times. The annual Winter Fishing Festival is held to remember the old winter fishing tradition. It has been listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China. The lake set a Guinness World Record of a single net that yielded 104,500 kg fish in 2005, and broke its own record by 168,000 kg of fish in 2008.

The lake is also a paradise for more than 20 kinds of wild animals and 80 kinds of birds.


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