Qiandao Lake 千岛湖 lake with the thousand islands

Qiandao Lake 千岛湖 lake with the thousand islands

Arrival at lake and campsite

Early morning wake up at Tonglu (桐庐)Service Station

After waking up at Tonglu Service Station and enjoying Starbucks + morning brushing of the teeth, we headed for the road again. Roads were much more empty and we could drive at normal speed. For RV in China have not checked out what is the speed limit so I drive 80-90km/h. That is also the comfortable and economical speed for these as the pots and pans are keeping noise.

Is it going too far for the facial recognition here? Even for that, you need to register your face and maybe for preventing the excess usage of paper??

Thousand island Qiandao Lake 千岛湖

Below links are to the harbor with the tourist ferries

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Baidu Maps 千岛湖

We arrived at Qiandao Lake a little bit late and what you will see during the day, is purely depending on how early you come. 9:00 is the preferable time for purchasing the tickets if you want to have a full-day trip. There are different lengths of trips with a duration of 4-7h hour and the length will also determine how many islands you will be hopping. Our trip took about 4h and it was including two islands. The cost was 180CNY/person and reminder, take some snacks with you. The shop on the boat has a very limited selection, and also the pricing is on the higher side. Don’t dream of visiting all islands as there are 1,078 large islands on the lake and a few thousand smaller ones are scattered across it. The islands in the lake include Bird Island, Snake Island, Monkey Island, Lock Island (featuring supposedly the world’s biggest lock), and the Island to Remind You of Your Childhood.

Visited two islands in Qiandao.

The first Huangshanjian 黄山尖 and the second island was Paotai Mountain 炮台山 at Green Grass Wudao 青草坞岛 island also known as Bird Island

Stairs, stairs, and stairs. That is the common way to visit famous places in China. Good for the health and maybe lose few kilos. Something that shot down my thinking of losing weight was the sausages from the local shop. There was plenty to do, for example feeding fish on top of the mountain, having a peaceful walk in the forest, and hopping on the stones at the small waterfall. The scenic Pavillion had a great view of the area and you could see many of the islands and take a break there. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor but at least it was not raining.

Bird island which had several birds in cages and what can you say. Small cages or short chains with big birds are beyond my interest and enjoyment. I wish at least they should have more space. The island itself was enjoyable and had some nice views.

Top of mountain view of Paotai Mountain 炮台山

CrissCrossChina gladly recommends visiting Qiandao Lake.

36 County Rural Resort Hotel campsite 千岛湖36都乡宿度假酒店

Main building where breakfast is served.

After spending the day at Qiandao Lake needed to head for the campsite which is 54km from the Lake parking lot. The road was not the best and it started to get dark and late. Luckily the campsite was open and the staff was very friendly and welcomed us. Checking of passports and exit/entry stamps + green code in the app.

The connection of the power was Ok, needed to remind you there are basically three socket types that exist. No water tap is available at the RV parking area. but the security guard pointed out another place where we can fill the water tank if needed.

Chinese standard sockets 240VAC

Two other RVs have been parking here but as it was so late we did not want to bother them. Around 20:00 hrs camp was set and quickly BBQ on. We used one-time use BBQ and this was one of the best ones we have used and provided by the rental company. I have tested many types earlier and the price is only about 40CNY/pcs. If interested, my wife is selling those.

More about the camping site in my next post.

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