In 1959, Lion City, a Ming Dynasty walled city once home to 6,000, was flooded as part of a hydroelectric project. It disappeared from view and was forgotten until its rediscovery in 2001. It now sits at the bottom of Thousand Islands Lake, five hours' drive west of Shanghai, China.
The walled city lies at 80-95 feet, depending on the lake's water level. Highlights of the trip include swimming through the city's North Gate, where the wooden door that sealed the city at night remains intact; a 25-foot tall imperial tablet erected during the time of the Qing Emperor Kang XI (1662-1723), and one- and two-story homes with most or all of their roof timbers and roofing tiles intact.
At present, SinoScuba is the only operator in China that is regularly running trips to the sunken city, having so far completed five trips to the site, including taking the first female divers to visit in July, 2004. In 2005, they will run six trips to the city for qualified divers. Interested parties should e-mail email@example.com.