The mirror lake
Updated: 2006-07-25 15:30
The Jingbo Lake is situated at
the boundless range of mountains to the southwest of Ningan County of
Heilongjiang Province, 80 km from Mudanjiang City. It is a famous high mountain
clogged up lake of China. There is water in the mountains and mountains in the
water with charming and gentle scenery. The lake water is so clear that you can
see the bottom through the water and fish swimming around.
A famous high-mountain lake in China, Jingbo Lake has such
clear water that one can see the bottom through and the fish swimming
"Jingbo" means "mirror" in Chinese. According to a legend, a beautiful and
kindhearted girl named Hongluo lived here. She had a magic mirror. Wherever
disaster occurred, she would flash her magic mirror and restore happiness to the
people. The celestial empress wanted to get hold of the mirror and sent a deity
to steak it away. Hongluo followed the rays of the mirror to the celestial
palace trying to take it back. But in the scramble with the empress, the mirror
fell from the sky to the earth-where it instantly became the beautiful "Mirror
The Jingbo Lake is, in fact, a dammed lake caused by an ancient volcanic
eruption during which the Mudan River was blocked by lava. Covering 1,200 square
kilometers, the quiet and clear lake is surrounded by towering mountains and
Water flowing out from the north bank of the lake forms a waterfall called
Diaoshuilou, the biggest in Northeast China. During the overflow period in
autumn, the waterfall can reach 25 meters in height and 40 meters in width,
flying down from the precipice, which gives rise to clouds upon clouds of water
vapor forming one rainbow after another like the Milky Way standing upside down.
It can be heard miles away. The scenery is simply magnificent. There is a deep
pool below known as Heilong (Black Dragon) Pool in the form of slightly round
shape, the diameter of which is 70 meters with a depth of 60 meters.
The Dagu Hill is an isle in the lake. It looks like the back of a water
buffalo, which is formed with weathered rocks. Green and luxuriant are the trees
on hilltop. Wild flowers are vying with each other among the trees. All this
combines to create the cream of the picturesque beauty in the lake.