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Hongze and Tainhu Lakes Near Yangtze River, China

33.2N 118.5E

February 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

China - January 16th, 2011

Several colorful greenish-yellow lakes dot the landscape near the Yangtze River and Shanghai, China. The largest two are Hongze Lake (north of the river, irregularly shaped) and Taihu Lake (south of the river, curved lower shoreline).

Hongze Lake is located in Jiangsu Province, China and is encompassed by the cities Suqian and Huai’an. Lake Hongze is the fourth largest freshwater lake in China.

Taihu Lake is a large lake in the Yangtze Delta plain, on the border of the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. With an area of 2,250 kmĀ² and an average depth of 2 metres, it is the third largest freshwater lake in China.

Also of note in the lower right corner is the brown, sediment-laden Hangzhou Bay, an inlet of the East China Sea. It is bordered by the province of Zhejiang and the municipality of Shanghai. The Qiantang River flows into the bay.

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