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( chinadaily.com.cn )
|Doushui Lake comes into being from Shangyou River.|
Shangyou River originated from Luoxiao Mountains. It runs off the Ganjiang River, with a length of 198 kilometers and drop of 615 meters. It twists and turns along its way, so it was called “a river with 99 turns”. Now five hydropower stations have been built along Shangyou River and five lakes came into being: Luobian, Xianren, Qing (South River Power Station), Doushui, and Longtan Lakes.
Doushui Lake has a water area of 31 square kilometers, water storage capacity of more than 800 million cubic meters, 22,666.7 hectares of natural forests.
Doushui Lake has a water area of 31 square kilometers, water storage capacity of more than 800 million cubic meters, 22,666.7 hectares of natural forests, 427 bays of various shapes, and 42 islands in the lake. The widest area of the lake is 1,000 meters and the narrowest part is only 10 meters, where only one boat can pass. The annual average temperature of Doushui Lake is 17.5 ℃. The climate is mild and the air is fresh, with a negative oxygen ion concentration of about 30,000 per cubic centimeter. The surface temperature of the lake maintains is about 20 ℃ all year round.
Doushui Lake was ratified a scenic area by the provincial government of Jiangxi in July 1995 and a state-level forest park by the State Forestry Administration in November 2004. It has two first grade national scenic spots, four second grade spots, and eight third grade spots.
Doushui Lake produces a lot of freshwater fish, where the stone fish is the specialty. Once it reaches the length of a match it will never grow bigger. The lake is also rich in delicious mandarin fish and bass.
There are many “Boat Dwellers” on Doushui Lake, who used to live off the land. Their farmland was drowned due to the construction of reservoirs, so they turned into fisherman. All the boat-dwellers are diligent and brave Hakkas who have created a distinct Hakka culture here.
There are many “Boat Dwellers” on Doushui Lake, who used to live off the land.
Gannan Arboretum is the green treasure island of Doushui Lake scenic spot. It was constructed in 1976 and covers an area of 579.47 hectares. There are more than 1,700 kinds of woody plants, 10,000 herbarium specimen and 1,300 varieties of trees. It is a treasure among China’s rare and endangered tree areas. Meanwhile, many rare species have been introduced here from the US, Myanmar, Mexico, Japan, and European countries. There are rich varieties of flowers and trees suitable for gardening and miniascape, while the jequirity is the most favored.