Shi Cheng is sometimes called “China’s Atlantis.” But there’s nothing really lost about it.
The ancient city sits at the bottom of Qiandao Lake, flooded by the Chinese Government after a planned hydroelectric project went forward in the 1950s.
The surrounding countryside gained the electricity and the lake, but lost an ancient center of trade.
Now the underwater city serves as an attraction for divers and those interested in studying the ancient archaeology it contains.
The structures hail back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The lake is dotted with 1,078 large islands. Its name means “Thousand Island” lake. But there are many smaller islands that breach its surface. View underwater footage here.