Natural Heritage Museum-Caohai Lake

Natural Heritage Museum

Caohai Lake

by Live in Guizhou

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Caohai Lake, a State-level natural reserve located in the western suburbs of Weining county, is the largest fresh water lake and the largest highland wetland in Guizhou. It’s as famous as Qinghai Lake in Qinghai and Dianchi Lake in Yunnan. Covering a water area of more than 30 square kilometers, the tranquil and beautiful lake is dubbed “The Pearl on the Guizhou Plateau”.

In the lake, there are plenty of aquatic animals and plants. All of these add more color to the lake. For example, every year from March to April, Caohai Lake is decorated with numerous flourishing flowers which live under water; while enormous areas of azalea will cover the fields around the lake in autumn. For this reason, autumn is considered being the best season to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this lake. In addition, visitors can take boats to enjoy the lake in closer proximity. There are also some aquatic animals living here, such as bitterns, wild geese, wild ducks and long-tailed pheasants.

The lake is the largest overwintering site for migratory birds in Southwest China and one of the world’s top 10 highland wetlands for bird observation. The lake is a paradise for bird watchers, being home to over 180 species, including over 70 rare birds, such as the Black-Necked Crane, Black Stork and Hooded Crane. Black-Necked Cranes are the only plateau crane in the world. They are extremely beautiful and endangered. So this lake is also called “the Kingdom of Birds”.

The lake, surrounded by mountains, is well-known for its crystal-clear water and lush grass. The natural scenery here is absolutely amazing in springtime, when the azaleas around the lake are at their brightest and the water plants are in full bloom, dotting the lake with yellow, red and white flowers. The lake offers particularly wonderful views to visitors arriving here between December and late March, when over 100,000 birds arrive from across the world to spend their winter here.