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Poyang Lake

 Nanchang Attractions

Located in the north of Jiangxi Province, at the southern bank of the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, Poyang Lake is regarded the largest fresh water lake in China. It is an overflow lake with a characteristic of taking in and sending out water in the light of seasonal variations. Poyang Lake shows a unique picture that it is a lake when inflowing water is adequate

Nanchang Poyang Lake is an important lake for flood control and drought relief. Water form Gan River, Xiu River, Rao River, Xin River and Fu River flow into the Yangtze River through this lake. Therefore, the area of the lake region is influenced by these waters systems, especially Xiu River and Gan River. The whole Poyang Lake system has a basin area of 162200km2, occupying 9% of Changjiang River basin area.Because of its seasonal characteristic.

During the dry seasons, the original boundless water will be separated into nine lakes by the shoals coming from the Poyang Lake and become the beautiful grasslands. In the Tang Dynasty, Poyang Lake reached its largest size at 6000 square kilometers, but it is only estimated around 4400 kilometers squared during the rain seasons.

Poyang Lake is abundant in biological resources. There are more than 90 kinds of fishes. 10 kinds of fishes are of greater industrial value,such as carp, crucian carp, chub, bighead carp, herring, grass carp, Elopichthys bambusa and white fish.Besides,there are 102 species of aquatic plant and 280 species of birds.

Every November, thousands of birds fly in from Siberia, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea, and the northeastern and northwestern regions of China.Poyang Lake is considered by many to be the largest bird sanctuary in the world.Poyang Lake Bird Protection Area is a sanctuary for many rare species of birds.These migratory birds spend the long winter in Poyang Lake together with the native widgeons, egrets, and mandarin ducks, leaving gradually as the weather starts to warm in March.

Fallen-Star Rock is a little rock island that looks like a star floating on the surface of the water. Fallen-Star Rock is a cultural heritage as a gathering place for scholars, men of letters who met here during many dynasties.

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