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Jingpo Lake

Last updated by chinatravel at 2015/11/5

Jingpo Lake is located in the southwest of Mudanjiang city. It covers an area of 1.200 sq. kms and is a well-known scenic spot and summer retreat in north China. Jingpo Lake, born of a massive volcanic eruption about 10,000 years ago, is the largest lava-dammed lake in the upper reaches of Mudanjinag River in China. It is long and narrow and shaped like an S. It measures 45 kilometers long from the south to the north and maximum 6 kilometers wide from the west to the east. The lake is 350 meters above the sea level. It is over 60 meters at its deepest, but only one meter deep at its shallowest spots. The area of the Lake is 90.3 sq. kms, has a storage capacity of 1.6 billion cubic-meter water and is made up of the North Lake, the Central Lake, the South Lake, and the Upper Lake. The Lake winds down from the southwest to northeast. Scenic cruises and numerous islands and islets dotting the Lake make up the picturesque scenery of the Lake. Diaodhuilou waterfall, Dagu Hill, Xiaogu Hill, White Stone Lazi, City Wall Lazi, Pearl Gate, Taoist Mount and Laogu Lazi are among the eight wonder attractions along the ribbon-like Lake. Jingpo Lake's unique beauty lies in its primitive and virgin state of ecosystem. Green mountains are in perfect company with the blue waters and winding mountain paths cut through the thickets of the bush land of the mountains. The misty Lake is made all the more intriguing by time-honored legendary stories that surround the Lake.

The tourist Center of Jingpo Lake is the Jingpo Mountain Retreat on the northern island of the Lake, where there are some villa complexes and tourist facilities. There are few other architectural buildings around the lake than the Mountain Retreat complex, which stands against the backdrop of ranges of forested mountains, and the splendor of the nature is all there for an eye feast. That explains why Jingpo Lake becomes the ultimate tourist destination. Taking a bird’s eye view from the villa complex, the vast expanse of its blue waters stretches far and wide to the skyline, as smooth and tranquil as a mirror, thus the name of Jingpo, mirror-like.

As one of the world’s 18 geoparks inscribed onto the heritage list of the UNESCO, Jingpo Lake is a research haven for scientists and a Mecca for nature lovers.

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How to Get There?
coach services from Mudanjiang or Dongjing County to Jingpo Mountain Retreat are available. In busy seasons, 12 buses are scheduled to depart from Dongjing County to the tourist center of the scenic spot every day. The trip takes about one hour on the road. Bus services departing from Dongjing County start from 7:30 am to 15:30 pm with an interval of every one hour, but no bus services are offered at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 14:30 pm. Bus services departing from Jingpo Mountain Retreat start from 7:00 am to 16:30 pm every other hour. But no buses are scheduled at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 15:30 pm. In quiet seasons, only two bus services are offered at 7:00 am and 13:00 pm from the Mountain Retreat to Dongjing County. In busy season, special bus services departing from Mudanjiang and Jingpo Lake are offered respectively at 13:00 pm and 18:00 pm, but they are not available in quiet seasons.

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all day

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 1.      June, July and September are the best months to visit Jingpo Lake when the water is at its highest level, the average temperature is 17.3 and the splendor of the waterfalls is breathtaking. During the windless season, Jingpo Lake has all its best charms on show to lure tourists.

2.      Jingpo Lake is abundant with fish produce, and crucian carps are its specialty produce and nicknamed as ‘ the lake’s crucian’. The crucians, weighing from 1 kilogram to 1.5 kilograms, grace the dining tables with their delightful juicy tender meat, which is often boiled or seasoned with soy sauce. In ancient times, crucians were sent as a tribute to the royal families. Crucians sell at 50 to 80 Yuan per Kilogram. On a bargain hunt, you probably can get them at 18 to 25 Yuan per kilogram. Well, the market will have a final say as to how much they are worth. There are over 40 kinds of fish in Jingpo Lake. Treat yourself to a bellyful of fish feast when you visit Jingpo Lake. A reminder to tourists: the local restaurants will charge an extra 10 Yuan on top of their listed prices. Better ask about the pricing before making an order.

3.      From May to October (known as midseason), a sightseeing of some parts of the lake’s scenic trail by cruise will cost around 30 Yuan per head, the round trip will take you as far as Dagushan in an hour-and-half cruising. Following the entire scenic trail of the Lake will take three and half hours and get you to as far as the Taoist Mountains at the cost of 50 Yuan per head. Yacht is also available for about 150 Yuan per head, or 100 Yuan in quiet seasons. Even in quiet seasons, tourists in groups of 6 or 7 people still come and set sail on the icy but not-yet frozen lake.

4.      Most of restaurants start to close businesses from end of October. So November to April of next year is not a good time to visit Jingpo Lake.

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