Hongze Lake

Hongze Lake
Hungtze Hu, Hung-tse Hu
Location Jiangsu Province
Coordinates 33°18′27″N 118°42′36″E  /  33.30750°N 118.71000°E  / 33.30750; 118.71000 Coordinates: 33°18′27″N118°42′36″E / 33.30750°N 118.71000°E / 33.30750; 118.71000
Primary inflows Huai River
Basin countries China

Hongze Lake or Lake Hungtse (simplified Chinese: 洪泽湖; traditional Chinese: 洪澤湖; pinyin: Hóngzé Hú) is in Jiangsu Province, China and is encompassed by the prefecture-level cities Suqian (Sihong County and Siyang County) and Huai'an (Xuyi County and Hongze County).

Map including Hongze Lake (labeled as HUNG-TSE HU 洪澤湖) (1955)

Lake Hongze is the fourth largest freshwater lake in China. Lake Hongze has quadrupled in size since the 12th century.[citation needed]

A particularly large change happened in 1680, when the Yellow River changed its course and merged with the Huai River. Heavy sediment from the Yellow River blocked the Huai River; the diverted water created Hongze Lake as we know it today. The city of Sizhou was completely submerged, as was the nearby Ming Ancestors Mausoleum. The latter was rediscovered only in the 1960s.[1]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Eric N. Danielson, "The Ming Ancestor Tomb Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine". CHINA HERITAGE QUARTERLY, No. 16, December 2008.

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