The Scenic Spot of the Ying Lake
The Yinghu Lake, one of the provincial scenic spots, is located at the foot of the Tianzhu Mountain which is 18 kilometres to the southeast of the city proper of Ankang. The Lake is the largest green man-made lake with fresh water in the northwest China after the foundation of the Ankang Power Station. The lake has a perimeter of 540 kilometres and covers a total area of about 77.5 square kilometres. It is the provincial tourist resort which boasts such natural sights as the Bashan Mountain and the Hanshui River, and also an ideal ecological place for visit which is based on well-kept ecological environment like surrounding mountains and vegetation, and features sightseeing, recreation on the water, relaxation in holidays. What’s more, the Yinghu Lake is the very place where literators get together so as to compose poems, paint paintings and take photos.
the Dam of the Power Station: the Dam of the Power Station holds back at the Huoshi Rock the surging Hanjiang River which has run for thousands of miles. As a result, a high gorge comes into being on the lake. When the flood needs to be discharged, the sluice gate is opened and giant water posts spew out from the holes of the gate. Under the influence of the inertia and the press of the water, the water posts get the shape of parabola and then fall into the riverbed in the lower reaches. The water roars and surges forward just like thousands of horses rioting.
The Golden Snail Island: the Golden Snail Island is one of the important sights of the Scenic Spot of the Yinghu Lake. The Island gets its name because it looks like a snail standing in the lake, and Ankang was called in the ancient times Jinzhou (Jin means gold or golden in Chinese). The Snail Peak Tower stands grand and magnificent on the top of the Golden Snail Island. The tower has five floors and is as high as 26.5 meters.
The Vega Stone: during the years of Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty, Liu Yingqiu, a famous scholar in Ankang had composed a poem, the Vega Stone. The poem praised highly the true love between the loyal and industrious Cowboy and beautiful Vega who was good at weaving. Nowadays, a statue of Cowboy stands where Cowboy stood. On the northern bank of the Yinghu Lake stands the statue of Vega who is looking toward the direction of the statue of Cowboy.