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Brief Introduction of Dong Qian Lake Resort
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    Surrounded by successive green mountains and beautiful scenery, there is a brilliant pearl glittering in southeast suburbs of Ningbo downtown, Dong Qian Lake by name. It is harmoniously melted with the grace of West Lake and the verve of Tai Hu Lake, said Guo Moruo, a well-knownChinese litterateur.

    Dong Qian Lake, a typical natural lake, is the largest freshwater lake in Zhejiang Province; which was dredged and renovated in several dynasties. Now it covers an area of 20 square kilometers and has a perimeter of 45km with a length of 8.5km from the north to the south and a width of 4.5km from the west to the east. Its average depth is 2.2 ms and its reservoir capacity  reaches 33.9 million cubic meters, almost three times as much as that of the West Lake in Hangzhou.

    Dong Qian Lake possesses of beautiful ecology environment, with wide lake surface, and curved lake bank surrounded by mountains, with the verdant forest. It enjoys nice
subtropical monsoon climate, gentle and moist in the whole year, with plentiful rainfall, and an average temperature of 15.4.The location of Dong Qian Lake promotes the formation of a prime tourism market in Changjiang Delta Area where Dong Qian Lake Resort enjoys highly-developed economy,densely-inhabited population and conveniently-connected traffic. Not far from the resort is Ningbo, which witnessed high-paced economy, thus forming the central point in the tourism  market of Eastern Zhejiang Province. Convenient traffic conditions enhance the development in this tourism market. With ten minutes?drive, people can get from Dong Qian Lake to Ningbo downtown area or Lishe international airport, and another ten minutes?drive can access people to the highway Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo and Tongsan highway. After Hangzhou bay bridge will be completed in 2008, the distance between Ningbo and shanghai will be dramatically shortened.

    Trade Culture. More than 2000 years ago, this very lake came to the people's view.
During the Spring and Autumn Period, a senior official in the kingdom of Yue, named Fan Lionce  retreated in Crouching Ox Mountain beside Dong Qian Lake, with the celebrated beauty XiShi. He made his living by trading and then became the richest man ever since, leaving a beautiful legend behind. During the modern times, with the opening of five treaty ports, manypeople emigrated aboard, and set up their own business there, and most of them become successful businessmen and are renowned for their patriotism

    Buddha culture. In Dong Qian Lake area, there are many famous temples. One is Tian Tong Temple, which was built more than 1600 years ago. It is one of the five Buddhism temples, and attributes great influence upon Japan and many countries in Southeast Asia. Asoka Temple, one  of the five Chinese Buddhism temples, has a history of more than 1700 years. It is world famous for the Buddhism relics collected in the temple. Daci Buddhism temple at the foot of Fuqian Mountain was famous ever in the South Song period. It is said that there are more than 1000 monks in its prime period. As a temple of more than 1700 years, it obtains essential status in Buddhism interchange between china and Japan.

    Official culture. In the history, most administers in Dong Qian Lake area were honest and upright, and in this area the Confucianism prospers. During the North Song Dynasty, Wang Anshi, a county magistrate in the yin county, was solicitous of the populace. On the basis of actual needs, he organized people to construct dikes and dams, dredge waterways and build irrigation works, many of which still work today. During the South Song Dnasty, treacherous official Qin Gui framed a case against general YueFei, a national hero. It is the Prime Minister Shi Hao who appealed for redress of the wrong. Shi Hao was just born in Dong Qian Lake area. Because of his uprightness and bravery, he is immortal in people’s heart. Besides him, the Shi family has cultivated two other prime ministers and two dukes in four generations, leaving legends and talks for the descendants.

    In August of 2001, the Ningbo Municipal Government made a decision to accelerate the development of Dong Qian Lake area, ensured the layout range of Dong Qian Lake Resort is about 230 square kilometers, including Dong Qian Lake Town, Tian tong temple, Asoka Temple and TianTong Forest Park, and founded the Dong Qian Lake Resort Management Committee. As an agency of municipal government, it exercises relevant city-level economic administration power, which is equivalent to the administrative management function of the county in its range. This significant decision conforms to the trend of Ningbo’s development, because Ningbo plans to remove its downtown to the east and establish the eastern new city zone. Moreover, as an international port city, the decision also advances city function of Ningbo, for urbanization development strategy.

    After the establishment of Dong Qian Lake Resort Management Committee, all works is developing in a all-round way. According to this overall plan, the Ningbo municipal government will invest 5 billion and 10 billion Yuan respectively in the following 3 and 5 years to develop and integrate in this area all kinds of resources, such as lakes, mountains, fields, folk cultures, architectures and history, finally to set up a lake of the city, of the ecology, of the culture and of the recreation.

    As time passes by, Dong Qian Lake Resort will become a national key environmental travel resort, and the important International Conference Centre in East China, Blue sky and water, green hill and tree, a modern paradise will soon appear in the world.