The Lion City, or Shi Cheng, located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China has all the trappings of a real-life Atlantis. In 1959 the Chinese government authorized a man-made lake to be created over the city to make way for a new hydroelectric power station. The city’s temples, arches, roads, and houses have been preserved perfectly for the last fifty years, hidden 130 feet underwater.
A sketch of the city from hundreds of years ago shows people moving through the streets and selling goods.
The man-made Qiandao Lake was created in 1959, covering the city.
The city has lain hidden underwater for over a half-century now.
Many of the city’s structures are thousands of years old.
Exploring the city is a huge attraction for divers.
Temples, houses, and structures have all been preserved.