caption=Lake Tai on the map of China Infobox lake
lake_name = Lake Tai
image_lake = IMG 0142 Tai.jpg
caption_lake = Lake Scenery At Wuxi
coords = coord|31|10|N|120|09|E|type:waterbody_region:CN|display=inline,title
area = 2,250 km²
depth = 2 m
islands = 90
Lake Tai (zh-cp|c=太湖|p=Tài Hú; literally "Grand Lake") is a large
lakein the Yangtze Deltaplain, on the border of the Jiangsuand Zhejiangprovinces in the People's Republic of China. The waters of the lake belong to the former in its entirety with part of its southern shore forming the boundary between the two provinces. With an area of 2,250 km² and an average depth of 2 metres [http://www.szkp.org.cn/suzhoudili/szdl/200606/06634333.htm zh icon] , it is the third largest freshwater lake in China, after the Poyang and Dongting Lakes. The lake houses about 90 islands, ranging in size from a few square meters to several square miles.
Lake Tai is linked to the renowned Grand Canal. The lake is also the origin for a number of rivers, including
Suzhou Creek. In recent years, Lake Tai has been plagued by pollution as a result of rapid economic growth in the surrounding region.
The lake is renowned for its unique
limestoneformations. These Chinese scholar's rocksare often prized as a decorating material for the traditional Chinese garden, especially in areas such as Suzhou.
According to many guidebooks, Lake Tai is best seen from the scenic viewpoint in Xihui Park (錫惠公園)in the west of
Wuxi(無錫), from the top of Dragon Light Pagoda (龍光塔 Lóng Guāng Tǎ), from which both Wuxi and Lake Tai are visible. Another wellknown panoramic view is from Longshan (Mt Long), where famous ancient poet Su Shionce wrote a poem.
Three of the lake's islands are known as the Sanshan Islands ('three hill islands'), one of the Chinese National Geological Parks.
One of the best locations to view the lake is
Xihui Parkin the west of Wuxi. By climbing the summit of Dragon Light Pagoda (Longguang Pagoda)inside the park, you will get a bird view of the city and the lake.
Yuantouzhu is another prominent region for tourists. It received this title because its outline resembles a turtle head. The region gained its fame in the early 20th century and it contains more than ten scenic sites for visit.
Business and industry
The lake is also known for its productive
fishingindustry, and is often occupied by fleets of small private fishing boats. [Barrett, Rick. [http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=560975 China offers open waters] . " Milwaukee Journal Sentinel": Feb. 3, 2007 Since the late 1970s, harvesting seafood products such as fish and crabs have been invaluable to people living along the lake and have contributed significantly to the economy of the surrounding area.
In May 2007, the lake was overtaken by a major
algaebloom and by major pollution with cyanobacteria. Joseph Kahn, [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/14/asia/14china.php "In China, a Lake’s Champion Imperils Himself"] , International Herald Tribune, October 13, 2007 ] The Chinese government has called the lake a major natural disasterdespite the clearly anthropogenic origin of this environmental catastrophe. With the average price of bottled water rising to six times the normal rate, the government has banned all regional water providers from implementing price hikes. [cite news |publisher= MSNBC|url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18959222/from/RS.1/ |title=Algae smother Chinese lake, millions panic |date= 2007-05-31] The lake provides water to 30 million residents, including about one million in Wuxi. [cite news
title= China's third-largest freshwater lake faces algae threat
publisher= China Daily
date= April 14, 2008
accessdate= 08-04-20] As of October 2007, the Chinese government had shut down or given notice to over 1,300 factories around the lake. Notwithstanding this official increase of governmental concern, one of the leading environmentalists who has been publicizing the pollution issues of the lake,
Wu Lihong, has now received a three year prison sentence after being arrested and tried for alleged extortion of one of the polluters. Jiangsu province now plans to clean up the lake. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7065095.stm China to clean up polluted lake] . BBC News: October 27, 2007] At a cabinet level chaired by Wen Jiabao, the State Council set a target to clean Lake Tai by 2012. [cite news
title= Across China: Beijing
publisher= China Daily
date= April 4, 2008
* [http://www.tourochina.com/sightarea/262/Taihu-Lake A detailed introduction with pictures of Lake Tai]
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