Take a little boat and drift down the reed marshes in Lake Baiyangdian, you will be attracted by the idyllic sights along the water way. Sometimes you can see the cormorants catch fish for their masters. Once hearing the fishermen's whistle, they will immediately stand on both sides of the boat to await orders. Located in Anxin County in Baoding City, in the middle of Hebei Province, this lake is the largest fresh water lake in the North China Plain.
Baiyangdian Lake is a national and international tourist attraction flaunting its peaceful water scenes and vast lotus gardens. Famed as the "Bright Pearl" in northern China, it covers a large area of 141 square miles and is composed of 143 various shapes and sizes of shallow lakes divided by reed mashes, channels and villages. Among the hundreds of shallow lakes, Baiyangdian Lake is the largest thereby giving the whole area the name, Baiyangdian. Hand-driven and motorized boats are available for small to medium sized groups; large motorized boats are available for large groups usually accompanied by a tour guide. It is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. Islands on the lake host local restaurants that cook with local ingredients and hotels for the overnight tourist.
The lake presents featured beauty during different seasons. In spring, the water is clear and the reed is fresh green; Mists and ripples stretch far into the distance. In summer, the lotus and water caltrop swing in the wind and the white boats float in the reeds, which make it a nice summer resort to relieve summer heat.
Traditionally, the life of the people was inseparable from the life of the lake, and that interdependence survives in a unique local tradition: fishing with birds. The lake presents the uniquely beautiful sight of crisscrossed channels, lotus ponds, reed marshes and fishing villages. Instead of one lake with people living on its shores, Lake Baiyangdian is composed of 143 small lakes, with more than 70 fishing villages. When autumn comes, the lake presents a most beautiful and attractive sight.
The lush reeds are swaying in the wind, always graceful and elegant. Above the water, all kinds of waterfowl are flying and whistling. On the water, mandarin ducks and wild ducks are swimming in pairs. The water chestnuts are now in season. When night falls and a bright moon rises above the water, Baiyangdian Lake is full of poetic grace. The lamplights in the fishing boats are ablaze with the shimmering water. In this romantic moment, you can make paper boats holding candles in the water and make a wish before sending them off. The glittering boats will carry your wishes gently floating into the distance.
Moreover, The lake and side parks also are home to a vast number of lotus, ti plants, and other plants. From harvesting the fauna and flora of the lake, the locals make a living.
With the popularity of the Chinese movie "The Little Soldier Zhangga" which took place in this beautiful land, as well as featuring endless reed marshes, fragrant lotus flowers blooming together, waterfowl splashing about in the water, Baiyangdian attracts visitors from home and abroad.