Shicheng City: Where time travel is possible

The city of 1,339 years of age, situated in east China’s Zhejiang Province, has been submerged under Qiandao Lake since 1959 for the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station.
International archeologists vividly named the city submerged in water “time capsule.” Since it is shielded from the erosion by wind, rain and sun, a city submerged in water comparatively maintains a stable condition, thus making the city a virtual time vessel. Seen from the pictures of Shicheng City, stairs in ancient houses, walls and memorial arches remain the same as they were thousands of years ago.

Photography: Chinese National Geography

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June 6-7

Woke up in the morning hungry, so we checked out of wushanyi hostel and went down to food street to find some authentic west lake food. Our motley of delicacies consisted of baked underground chicken wrapped in charcoal, red rice porridge, pineapple fried rice, konjac jelly , fried fish stick, and egg drop soup. We returned our bikes and got our 200 rmb deposit back. We only spent on average 7 rmb for a whole day of bike rentals! ($1 usd). Then we went to the bus station and boarded a 2 hr bus ride to qiandao hu (thousand island lake) for 61 rmb. When we arrived at the Hilton, we pretended to only hve 3 in the room even though we had 5. They upgraded us to a full lake view room because we were “gold” members :) thanks parents! We went swimming in the infinity pool and played in the kiddy pool with plastic balls. Invented games like “hit each others ball out” or learned how to juggle. The Hilton pool was surrounded with models posing for pictures with legit photographers. A little six year old Chinese girl started playing with us after finishing her modeling job. We asked her what her name was, and she said “cutie” in Chinese. Then she proceeded to sing PriceTag by jessieJ. We then discovered the indoor pool and the spa inside! Girls and guys split up to use the sauna and wash up. By the time we got out, we were famished! I talked to the bell boy named Stone Liu, asking him where a good place to eat was. He called a taxi for us and we went to a restaurant where we got to choose a fresh fish from the lake and eat it right there! We chose the smallest qiandao fish, which still came out to 6kilos (14.2 lbs)! Then they gutted the fish and let the heart beat in front of our eyes while the fish was cut in half already. They made some fish head/bladder soup, and cooked the rest in a lovely spiced wok. Together with some rice and vegetables, our total came out to 422 rmb! Our most expensive Meal in china so far! We learned that Qiandao is only a tourist spot for the well off since everything is super expensive in comparison to all other china. But that meal was so good!!! We came back to the hotel and I talked to Stone Liu about touristy things to do the next day for half an hour! He was so helpful that I wanted to tip him. However I couldn’t find him later on. It’s a shame that it rained both days we were at qiandao. The next morning we just took our time getting ready. It was Wei, ari and Jon’s turn to sleep in this time as josh and I were up earlier. We got complimentary buffet breakfast for being golden ;) and hid food in joshs handy dandy ziploc bags to bring up to Jon and Wei. We must have looked mighty suspicious with so many plates of food in front of us that mysteriously disappeared into our “stomachs”. The robes we wore proved handy as we shuttled the food up to feed the ravenous beasts. Hha just kidding. Since it was raining, we just watched news and bridesmaids in the room until we rode the 5hr bus back to shanghai. Surprised Jon with some Peking duck!!!! Dream come true for him :) good way to end the day even when we were drenched and rained upon.

Ciudades del mundo inundadas intencionalmente

Como el mito de Atlantis, existen en el mundo una gran cantidad de ciudades antiguas que se tragó el océano y ahora son patrimonio subacuático. Pero también hay varias que fueron sumergidas por decisión de la humanidad.

Desafortunadamente, muchas ciudades y pueblos se tuvieron que hundir en el siglo XX para proporcionar agua a ciudades inmensas como Nueva York, Shanghái o Los Ángeles, y se dio muy poca consideración a las poblaciones de estos valles, tanto de hombres como animales.

A continuación, una lista de ciudades que el progreso convirtió en un parque acuático y olvidado.

Shi Cheng o “Ciudad león" en China: una ciudad antigua que ahora está sumergida bajo las aguas del lago Qiandao.

Shi Cheng, China.

Petrolândia, en Brasil, se perdió en los 50 y 60 cuando los trabajos de modernización y construcción de presas se expandieron en el país.

Iglesia de la vieja Petrolândia, Brasil.

Potosí, en Venezuela, fue evacuada y luego inundada en 1985, y ahora poco a poco ha ido descubriéndose de nuevo. En el momento, la ciudad era casa de 1,200 personas.

Cruz de la vieja iglesia de Potosí, Venezuela (2005).

VIeja iglesia de Potosí (2009).

En México está Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, que ahora es una presa hidroeléctrica.

Torre de la iglesia de Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, México.

En Portugal, el pueblo de Vilarinho das Furnas fue inundado en 1972, después de más de 2 mil años de ocupación.

Vilarinho das Furnas, Portugal.

A través de http://www.argnoticias.com/sociedad/item/23616-ciudades-del-mundo-inundadas-intencionalmente de ARGNoticias.com