Photos: The Case of the Disappearing Lake

A Boxun.com user posted photos of the gradually diminishing Lake Baiyangdian, the largest lake in Northern China. About thirty years ago, the lake was encircled by reed thickets and was teeming with life. However, after the local government sold parcels of the surrounding land to shops, golf clubs, villa construction organizers, and other business ventures, the lake’s natural beauty and ecology took a steep dive. Photos, with captions translated by CDT:

byd1

Top line: Water level before. Bottom line: Where reeds should be.

byd2

byd3

No more reeds, but lots of houses. Here where the land is exposed is where the water level used to be.

byd4

What will be the consequences for a country that cares only for development but not development’s ramifications?

byd5

Actually, few people come here.

byd6

Strange, why do these development officials hate reeds so much? Grass-mud horse?

byd7

Our harmonious society’s unharmonious designs.

byd8

It’s been dry since the 80s. High-speed development just won’t allow for a natural Lake Baiyangdian.

March 15, 2009 12:07 AM
Posted By:
Categories: Environment, Society