Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake)

Thousand Islets LakeDid you ever want to escape from the bustling metropolis? Come to Thousand Islets Lake and experience something special.

With 81% of the area covered in forests, Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake) is a pure lake with clean, fresh air. It is a young lake formed in 1959 as a result of the construction of New Anjiang Hydroelectric Power Station. It is a beautiful lake with 1,078 islets showing different views in different seasons. It is a rich lake abounding with fish and surrounded by trees, tea, mulberry (the food of the silkworm) and other fruit trees. Qiandao Lake is also a delightful lake with many activities including enjoying the natural scenery and local culture, observing wild animals and taking part in many exciting activities.

Thousand Islets Lake lies in Chun'an County, about 150 km (93 miles) west of Hangzhou City and is 140 km (87 miles) southeast of Mt. Huangshan. It is a resplendent pearl in the classical golden route of Hangzhou-Thousand Islets Lake-Mt. Huangshan and has become popular all over the world.

Qiandao Lake is noted for its verdurous mountains, crystal clear water, exotic caves and strange stones. Nongfu (farmer) Spring Water, a famous mineral water brand, takes water from this lake. The Thousand Islets Lake scenic area can be divided into six sections on the basis of geographical location. They are: Southeast Lake District (the first to be developed), Central Lake District (combining several spots that should not be missed), Southwest Lake District, Northeast Lake District, Northwest Lake District and Fuxi Stone Forest (the first stone forest in East China), each possessing their own unique and striking landscapes.

Qiandao Lake in Hangzhou
In Southeast Lake District can be found Tianchi (heaven pool), a quarry site dating from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Xianshan (admiration mountain) Island, Guihua (sweet osmanthus) Island and Mishan (honey mountain) Island (The story of 'One boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, three boys no boy' originated here). In Central Lake District, there are Qiandao Lake Fishing Village, Meifeng (plum peak) Island, Wulong (five dragons) Scenic Area and the Animal Interest Section. On Meifeng Island, you can command views from a great height, experience grass-skiing, and boat down the water. Wulong Scenic Area is made up of Lock Island, Bird Island, Zhenqu (true delight) Garden and Qishi (strange stone) Island, which is connected by several bridges. Lock Island is a world of locks, including happiness lock, wisdom lock, health lock and carp lock. The first Lock Museum in China was built here, housing Safety Lock, the biggest lock in Guinness World Records. In the Animal Interest Section, peacocks, snakes, monkeys and ostriches can be seen. You can enjoy yourself by watching the animals performing, feeding them, playing with them and taking photos of them.

The best time to visit Thousand Islets Lake is in autumn and winter, when there is less rainfall. Fine weather, cool and fresh air and clear water are really enjoyable. Do sample the distinctively cooked seafood and some local food here. Take home souvenirs like inkstones, hemp embroideries and products made of pearls.

Thousand Islets Lake is currently the largest forest park in China. It has been awarded many titles and received favorable comments from tourists both at home and abroad. So, why not come and see for yourself!


How to get to Thousand Islets Lake

 From Hangzhou:

From Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
Xiaoshan Airport 10:20, 11:50, 13:20, 15:10, 17:10 and 19:00 CNY 90 3 hours
West Bus Station 06:00 - 18:50 with an interval of 20 - 50 minutes CNY 65 2 hours
Passenger Transport Central Station (Jiubao Passenger Transport) 7:00 - 18:20 with an interval of 30 - 50 minutes CNY 73 2 hours
East Railway Highway Bus Station 7:20 - 19:15 with an interval of 30 - 70 minutes CNY 73 2.5 hours
South Bus Station 7:45, 8:50, 9:55, 10:55, 11:55, 14:55, 15:55, 16:55 CNY 70/73 2 hours

 From Shanghai:
1. Take high speed trains from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station and then take regular buses to reach there.
2. Take a direct bus from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station. It departs at 8:27, 13;49. Ticket price is CNY 120 and duration is around 4 hours.
3. Take bus from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station to Hangzhou Passenger Transportation Central Station and then take regular buses to there.

 From Huangshan:
1. Take New National Express Bus from Yellow Mountain Scenic Area Bus Station. The buses are operated at 06:30 and 13:00.
2. Take the bus from Yellow Mountain Scenic Area Bus Station to Shexian. It departs at 12:20 and costs CNY 21 per person.  Upon arrival, you should change bus to Shendu and then take ferry to reach Qiandao Lake.
3. Take the bus from Huangshan Tunxi Bus Station to Shexian. Then, you can change bus to Shendu to take ferry.

 From Wuxi:
Take a direct bus from Wuxi Passenger Transport Bus Station (close to the railway station). It departs at 08:05. Ticket price is CNY 128.

 From Wenzhou:
Take bus from Wenzhou Shuangyu Bus Station. It operates at 08:50. Ticket price is CNY 135 and duration is around 5 hours.
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Entrance Ticket Mar. - Nov.: CNY 130;
Dec. - Feb.: CNY 110;
Hafl price ticket for children from 1.2 to 1.5 meters (3.9 - 4.9 feet);
Free for children under 1.2 meters.

The entrance ticket is valid for one day only. However, visitors can pay extra CNY 10 to make it valid for two days with their valid ID document before they use their ticket.
Opening Hours Mar. - Nov.: 8:00 - 17:00
Dec. - Feb.: 8:40 - 16:30

Sightseeing Boat

From the wharf in the Central Lake District

Luxury Boat: Ticket Price: CNY 65 for adults;
CNY 35 for children from 1.2 and 1.5 meters.

Morning Route: Meifeng (Plum Peak) Island, Yule Island and Yueguang Island
Ticket Hours: 08:00 - 09:00 (departing at 09:15); 09:30 - 10:30 (departing at 10:45)

Afternoon Route: Meifeng Island and Longshan Island
Ticket Hours: 12:00 - 13:00 (departing at 13:15); 13:00 - 14:00 (departing at 14:15)
Yacht Charter: CNY 150 per person or CNY 3,800 for a single trip
Boat Charter: CNY 1,950 per boat

From the wharf in the Southeast Lake District

Luxury Boat: Ticket Price: CNY 65 for adults, CNY 35 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters

Morning Route: Huangshanjian Island, Mishan (Honey Mountain) Island and Tianchi (Heaven Pool); or Guihua Inland, Tianchi Island, Huangshanjian Island
Ticket Hours: 08:00 - 09:00; 09:00 - 10:00; 10:00 - 11:00

Afternoon Route: Huangshanjian Island, Tianchi Island
Ticket Hours: 12:00 - 13:00
Yacht Charter: CNY 150 per person

Further Reading:
Thousand Islets Lake Cruise

Top 10 Things to Do in Hangzhou

- Last modified on Nov. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake)
Asked by Sally from SINGAPORE | Nov. 07, 2018 00:20Reply
is there a bus from Qiandaohu to tangkou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cecilia from USA | Nov. 07, 2018 22:24

Oh, there are two buses running at 07:00 and 14:00. The ticket fare is CNY80 and the duration is about 3 hour.
Asked by Elise from MALAYSIA | Oct. 14, 2018 07:15Reply
Hangzhou East Railway Station to QianDao Hu
Hi, I would like to know what is the fastest route from east railway to Qian Dao hu as we only visit for 1 day trip? How much is the bus ride or taxi fare? We will reach railway station at 8 am. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Kent from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 18:07

One fast way is recommended to you. Take the direct bus to Qiandao Lake at G floor in East Zone of the first floor of the railway station. Get off at Qiaodao Lake passenger transportation center. Then transfer to take bus to the scenic area. The bus ride takes about 3 hours and costs about CNY75 per person.

The taxi fare may be more than CNY400.
Asked by susi from INDONESIA | Apr. 24, 2018 04:46Reply
Route Huangshan - qiandao island - hangzhou
Dear all,

Is it possible if i go to qiandao island from huangshan (tangkou)? means, with the luggage. Is it any place to keep my luggage when entering the island?
and after that i plan to go HZ from qiandao island.
is it possible? i plan to take the first bus from huangshan to qiandao and then take the bus around 5 pm from qiandao to HZ. Please advice where i can buy the bus ticket. and also how can i go to the island entrace.

Thanks in advance

Answers (1)
Answered by Liela from DENMARK | Apr. 24, 2018 21:45

You need to take a taxi to Huangshan Bus Station in Tunxi and then catch a bus to the island at 8:45 or 14:00.
After arrival, you can book the luggage at the ticket counter.
To HZ, there are many buses from Qiandaohu Central Bus Station and the last one leaves at 18:40.
Asked by Michelle from MALAY | Nov. 30, 2017 08:33Reply
Best way to Qiandao Lake from airport if i have luggages
I want to from the airport directly to the Lake, is it convenient to take the bus if i have 2 big luggages?
Answers (3)
Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Nov. 30, 2017 19:55

Although the bags can be taken on the bus, you are suggested to store it at the airport. As I know, the storage place is in the Departure Area. BTW, it charges CNY8 within 8 hours for each bag, CNY10/8-16hours and here is the official number: 83837005.
Oh, there is a direct bus from the airport to the lake. It leaves at 10:20, 11:50, 13:20, 15:10, 17:10 and 19:00, taking about 3h and CNY90. Have a nice trip!
Answered by Michelle from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2017 06:09

Hi, would like to know which website should I go to to book the bus tickets? for the china bus ride website, there are buses only at 11:00, 13:20, 18:00, 20:40.

How can I book for the 15:10 bus? Thank you.
Answered by Eglise | Dec. 03, 2017 23:38

The bus can’t be booked, just go to No. 8 Gate of the terminal to wait for the bus.
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