The Sunken City of Shicheng



What many believe to be a mystery isn't actually so mysterious. Lion City, famed for sitting at the bottom of the Qiandao Lake, has a surprising history. The once thriving city, known for its powerful statue throughout all of China, now resides over 100 feet below the lake's surface. This was not due to a natural disaster or any type of destructive force unless you consider human nature to be one. The ancient city met its watery fate due to the hands of humans, specifically those who gave up the land the city once sat on to make way for modern machinery.

While there are many details surrounding the reasoning for this -- much of which we'll get into later on -- there's no denying that the fact that this city is fully preserved is a modern miracle. Although it sits deep under the water, all of its structures, statues, memorials, and archways all sit in perfect stature. Its rediscovery happened almost two decades ago and since then, divers have been repeatedly making trips below the surface to see what new aspects of the city they can explore. Inside these preserved walls lie the tale of several powerful dynasties, an ancient way of life, and some of the most stunning architectural features that are so indicative of China's history.


Full story with more pictures.

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     Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 28, 2021
     Category: Architecture | History | Archaeology | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | 1950s | Asia





Comments
Somebody's desire to run tourist expeditions here accounts for the flowery language. But hey, I would go. What great scuba diving.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 01/28/21 at 08:47 AM
There is a flood control reservoir near my hometown of Lodi, CA, named Lake Comanche, that has the remains of its namesake town at the bottom. Every so often when the droughts come along and the water levels drop, the town is exposed and makes the news stories for a time. Mostly, what is seen is the foundations of the buildings since the structures were made of wood. But the road that led to the town still remains and while it is tempting to drive out to the site, it is not recommended.
Posted by KDP on 01/28/21 at 10:16 AM
Now we know where the story of Higurashi comes from. I hope there was no government biochemical warfare or ancient spirit reincarnated as a little girl involved.
Posted by Yudith on 01/30/21 at 06:22 AM









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