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Sonar technology reveals mysteries of underwater city

(CNTV)

14:07, April 28, 2012

CCTV is about to undertake an unprecedented campaign of underwater live broadcasting at the Lion City below Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang province. Founded thousands of years ago, the city was flooded in the 1950s to make way for the construction of a hydro plant.

This is a simulation based on a sonar scan, revealing 2 meter high city walls spanning over 2.5 kilomters.

The lion city is about the size of 62 football fields.

The city is built next to a mountain called the ’five lion mountain’. The area’s structure defied the Chinese norm when it was given five gates instead of four. The gates and the walls are a combination of aesthetics, defences, and Fengshui elements.

Another unique feature is the streets. The main avenues are spacious, along with a host of small lanes covering the entire city.

When walking down the street, it’s impossible to miss the delicately decorated memorial archways in the city. Memorial archways are set up to pay tribute to people who have held true to Confucian values like loyalty and chastity. The city has as many as 18 of them.

Other landmarks include 13 ancestral halls and 10 temples. More will be revealed about all these landmarks as the expedition team makes their way into the city during the live broadcast.

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