Covering a total scenic area of 299 square kilometers, including the lake area of 50 square kilometers that has a water storage capacity of 820 million cubic meters, the Wanfo Lake Scenic Area is a lake-based tourist resort with the lake in the center.
Wanfo Lake is a large man-made lake, the vast glittering water is surrounded with mountains, on and over the waters people can see islets, boats, and flying gulls and birds. The 1,000-meter long dam was built by local people with their shoulders and hands. It is believed a wonder in the world.
Meiling Power Station, Luojishan Spillway, Niujiaochong Intake Gate and other giant equipment are the milestones in the water conservancy construction history since the founding of new Chinese; Walishan, Wenjiadun, Longwangshu and other ancient culture remains are the historical proofs to the living and working of our ancestors; Longhekou, Meifudong, Diaoyutai, Zhou Yu’s Ancestral Tombs and other historical sites tell the people beautiful legends; Other scenic spots and views that enchant people include Meishan Morning Mist, Wanfo Stone Forest, Jinniu Slope, Egret Wetland, North Wind Blowing the Conch, Five Sages Watching Taiji, Wanfo Lake Springs, Shuanglong Island, Diaoyu Island, Dream-seeking Island, Fengqing Island, Phoenix Island, Swallow Island, and Cangxian Island.
Wanfo Lake Scenic Area incorporates together all the best elements in the human world including mountains, waters, springs, islets, cliffs, ponds, caves, forests and fish. It is an ideal place as a colorful fairyland with enchanting scenes good enough for tourism, leisure, sports, entertainment, conference, business, and popular science studies.
The Wanfo Lake is the Longhekou Reservoir. It is an important part of the world famous Pishihang Irrigation Area and provides water to the Hangbu River Irrigation Area. It is one of the top 10 reservoirs in Anhui.
In October 2016, the lake was approved a national AAAAA tourist attraction.
As a national AAAAA tourist attraction, national water conservancy scenic spot, national geopark, provincial scenic attraction and tourist resort, Wanfo Lake is known as one of the top 10 holidaymaking resorts in Anhui. It is hailed as “Anhui’s Beidaihe and Hefei’s back garden” and admired as a paradise for intoxicated leisure tours in a 100-li landscape painting of the mountains and waters.
Covering a total scenic area of 299 square kilometers, including the lake area of 50 square kilometers that has a water storage capacity of 820 million cubic meters, the Wanfo Lake Scenic Area is a lake-based tourist resort with the lake in the center. The Wanfo Lake is the Longhekou Reservoir. It is an important part of the world famous Pishihang Irrigation Area and provides water to the Hangbu River Irrigation Area. It is one of the top 10 reservoirs in Anhui. The reservoir started construction in 1958 and started to yield benefit in 1960. In following, supporting facilities were constructed and the entire project was complete by 1969. After 11 years, the reservoir was put into full operation. As people say，the completion of the reservoir is the realization of a millennium dream that will benefit many and many later generations.
With a total length of 600 meters and a height of 75.4 meters, the dam of the reservoir is in a clay core wall and sand shells of 1.6 million cubic meters of earth work. The dam stands between Longhe Village and Mt. Kaolao. Amazingly, it was made by people only with shoulders and hands, which is rare in the world. The head of the International Commission on Large Dams Mr. Ranch once praised the dam a “remarkable project”.
The original Longhekou Reservoir catches the flows from the Xiaotian River, Longhe River and Huahe Rivers, the catchment of the reservoir covers 1,111 square kilometers. The rivers flow in the mountainous areas, and the highest peak in this area is Laofoding, which is 1,539 meters above sea level, the highest peak among all the mountains in Shucheng, Tongcheng, Lujiang and Qianshan. At the foot of the Laofoding or on the top of the Denfeng Peak, there is a natural stone tablet two meters high and one meter wide, which is a historical relics under the protection of Shucheng County. On the tablet, there are four Chinese characters “Famous Mountain in Wanfo” engraved in the Guangxu period (1971-1908) of the Qing Dynasty. After over 100 years of weathering, the characters are still recognizable.
Water of Wanfo Lake
The surface of the lake is a maple leaf with a circumference of 250 kilometer. The lake, dotted with small boats and surrounded with mountains, features green islets, glittering water and various waterfowl. The natural scenic spots include Wanfo Stone Forest, path around Mt. Boshan, Zuoci Fishing Terrance, Guanyin Cave, Horse with a Human Head, Green Bamboo Ridge, Baiwu Wetland and dozens of water conservancy facilities. This scenic area integrates mountain, waters, islets, rocks, cliffs, beaches, pools, caves, forests, flowers, cultural relics together, providing an enchanting, alluring wonderland of mountains and waters for forest adventurers. More than 60 islets in different sizes resembling whales and turtles give people spacious room for imagination.