Lake travel in Wuhan

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Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is a city of lakes. The Yangtze River and the Han River flowing interlaced in the city separate it into three parts. Countless lakes and waterways extend in all directions. In ancient times, the area was called Yunmeng Ze (Yunmeng Lakes), the collective name of the lakes in Jianghan Plain in Hubei Province.

But according to the new survey by Wuhan Water Authority, the lake area in the city has dwindled 228.9 square km over the past 30 years. Almost 100 lakes have disappeared over the 50 years. The only existent 38 lakes still face the danger of being eroded.

Some big lakes in Wuhan have been developed into scenic spots or included in parks for sightseeing. The big lakes are listed as follows.

East Lake

Located in Wuchang district and surrounded by small parks, the East Lake is the largest urban lake in China. It covers an area of 33 square kilometers and is six times larger than Wuhan's West Lake. The East Lake scenic area is composed of six parts: Moshan, Tingtao, Luoyan, Baima, Luohong and Chuidi. There are a bird sanctuary, museums, gardens, boat rides, cycling, fishing and a public aquarium for locals and visitors' enjoyment.

Transportation: take bus No.515 and get off at Moshan (one of the scenic sights in East Lake).

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