China, Qingdao, Shandong Province. Underwater cities and the longest bridge

Today I would like to talk about the amazing place. This is the East China Province, Qingdao. This region is famous for two complexes of buildings. First — it's two amazing cities: Ho Chi Cheng and Chen, who are buried at the bottom of the lake Qingdao. The second — it is the longest bridge in the world under the name of Qingdao Hai Van (Qingdao Haiwan Bridge), a length of 42.5 kilometers.

Now we go to China, in the province of Zhejiang to the lake Qingdao. Immediately I must say that it is man-made, in particular, this beauty has been formed as a result of the construction of hydroelectric power stations in 1959. When the dam was built entirely, formed a reservoir with an area 573 square km. This lake is called Lake 1,000 islands, and it is due to the fact that it is literally dotted with 1,078 large islands and several thousand small islands.

Lake Qingdao feature is that the water is extremely pure, and so that it can be drunk. A well-known Chinese manufacturer of mineral water it uses the water of this reservoir. All this, of course, interesting and exciting, but special attention should be given a picturesque surrounding area, consisting of a myriad of islands and forests. The painting, to say the least, impressive!

Here you can visit the theme of the island, such as Snake Island, Monkey Island Island of Birds, as well as an island with a castle.

It is worth noting that the beauty of the Lake Qingdao is not only what is on the surface, but in fact that is hidden under a layer of water …

The fact is that before the flooded valley, near the mountain once stood two magnificent cities — Ho Chi Cheng and Chen. As for Chi Cheng, it was built in the year 621 AD during the reign of the Tang dynasty. This city was the cultural, political, and economic center of the region. The second city — Ho Cheng still pristine, it was founded in the year 208 AD during the reign of the Han dynasty. Ho Cheung is also an important economic center.

Lake Qingdao

Alas, these cities were completely flooded during the construction of the dam and reservoir formation. It is noteworthy that vmese with ancient cities and 377 villages were flooded, 27 cities, 50,000 acres of farmland and thousands of homes. Just imagine, for this project has been moved more than 290 000 people! Strange, but the Chinese government has not taken even basic steps that could help save this historical heritage.

Ancient cities were forgotten for 40 years — until 2001, the year up to the time until the Ministry of Tourism is not the decision was made to turn these places into a tourist attraction. After that, there was organized a specialized diving center which workers engaged in research of underwater depths in search of ancient wonders.

Today we know that the lake hides Qingdao 3 more ancient city, has repeatedly put forward a variety of proposals that could save all this historical heritage, but, alas, all these proposals are incredibly expensive, and to this day they can not be implemented. In fact, some experts believe that the best thing to do is to do nothing now, that the situation is not brought to the deplorable situation. Scientists believe that the underwater environment is better preserves the relics …

Thus, the lake Qingdao — an incredibly beautiful body of water that keeps a lot of secrets. This lake is amazingly beautiful on the outside, all its islands, forests, incredibly clear water and the surrounding atmosphere is literally intoxicating subconscious, and if you look under the cover of its water, then you become confident that this is the most beautiful lake in the world!

The longest bridge in the world in 2011: East China, Qingdao Hai Van

Length of 42.5 kilometers, the great new Chinese Bridge Khaiwan Qingdao (Qingdao Haiwan Bridge) is now the longest bridge in the world for the year 2011. He is 174 times longer than the Tower Bridge over the Thames in London. The opening took place at the end of December 2010.

Do not believe it, but it was built in just 4 years. Qingdao Hai Van connects the city of Qingdao in Shandong (East China), with Huangdao district. Such a bridge is resistant to earthquakes measuring 8 balls, strong typhoons and other natural disasters.

In 2006, Chinese engineers have begun to build a new bridge with the longest of the two sides at the same time, as well as the construction of a tunnel under the English Channel. The bridge rests on 5,200-ton colony, took part in the construction of about 10,000 workers, passing ability of 30,000 vehicles per day, saving time — from 30 minutes a day. At the same time, China has managed a record Bridge — $ 8.6 billion.

Design takes Shandong Gausu Group. By the way, China has proposed a bridge Dutch company NL Architect. Prior to the opening of the bridge was considered to be the longest bridge in Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, south of the State of Louisiana in the United States, the extent of which 23.87 kilometers.

Incidentally, this is not the last big project in China. They prepare Superman length of 50 km in the southern province of Guangdong, will connect Hong Kong with Macau. It is planned to spend $ 10 billion, and the launch of the operation in 2016, the year.

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