A thousand islands, a million tourists

The crowds at Qiandao Lake (千岛湖, literally meaning ‘Thousand Islands Lake’) today.

We sit on the boat, and over the intercom we get some background of the human-made lake, but people only start paying attention when the lady introduces lunch options and prices.

A shushu proudly says his daughter studies in Germany, and opens his phone to show her CV to me.


The boat couldn’t get near enough to the pier, so everybody got the ‘pirate’ experience.

The other face of it though. Especially up the hills on the islands, very few people wandered.

About 3°C today. Still good for some overpriced ice cream.