Shicheng City: Travel back time

Recently, a submerged city named Shicheng was discovered under Qiandao Lake in east China Zhejiang Province. The city has been submerged since 1959 for thetyconstruction of Xin’an River Hydropower Station. It has a history of nearly 1,339 years. What astonished the archeologists and the public is that it still maintain what it looks like thousand of years ago.

In February this year, China National Geographic magazine published a series of exquisite picture of Shicheng and since then the mysterious underwater city has revealed her veils to the public.

International archeologists vividly named it as “time capsule”. It is shielded from the erosion of sun, rain and water throughout over 1,000 years. We could tell from the pictures, the buildings, the walls, the ancients arches, even the stairs remained the same as they were thousand of years ago. Why Sicheng can be so lucky to protect itself from the time erosion is still a mystery. According to archeologists, it can be explained from several factors ranging from the climate, the environment and the human activities.

There are all together 265 arches submerged under Qiandao Lake, including Jie Xiao Memorial Arch, all of them are well preserved. According to the restore map of Shicheng, there are five city gates in different directions and six streets to connect every corner of the city. The typical roads in Shicheng city were stone roads, paved by flagstone and pebbles.

About Shuang An

Shuang An is a first year graduate in Public Relations at USC Anneberg School. She has a BA in Chinese Language and Literature. She is interested in management of new emerging media.
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