On March 31, the reporter learned from the administration of Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve in Gansu that during the spring research, the researchers of the administration 'found' a freshwater lake about 3 square kilometers in aishanjingzi area of the reserve. It is reported that this is another large-area freshwater lake in the core area of Dunhuang West Lake Reserve. According to the location, the West Lake Protection Bureau named this lake Aishan lake.
The reporter saw from the aerial picture that Aishan Lake appeared in a low-lying place in the northwest of the west lake protection section of Shule River. The east section of the lake is connected with the river and wetland, and the middle and West sections go deep into the Gobi Yadan. The whole lake is more than 3 kilometers long from east to west, about 800 meters wide from north to south, with a total area of about 3 square kilometers. The reporter saw by the lake that the water body of Aishan lake is clear and rippling. Plants such as red willows and reeds grow densely around the lake shore, especially in the eastern section. Fish swim from time to time in the lake water. Cormorants, egrets, wild ducks and gulls inhabit or fly on the water surface and among the reeds. The scene in front of us shows that this' paradise 'has become a' new home 'for wild animals and plants.
Sun Zhicheng, chief engineer of Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve Administration, told reporters that Aishan lake is a freshwater lake gathered by Shule River. It was formed later than haranor, the catchment lake of Shule River, which appeared in 2016, and earlier than haraqi, the terminal lake of Shule River, which occasionally appeared in 2017. However, Aishan lake is a low-lying sandy land, and there was no trace of a lake in the past. Today, like haranor and haraqi, Aishan Lake plays a key role in protecting the wetland of Dunhuang West Lake and restoring biodiversity.
Sun Zhicheng, chief engineer of the administration of Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve, said: "we can see now that the vegetation around the originally desertified lake has been restored and wildlife is increasing. It turned out that when there was no water in this place, migratory birds such as Waterfowl disappeared at all. Now you see cormorants, egrets and so on. These waterfowl often migrate and breed here. On February 24, 2018, we also recorded 31 wild camels in this area. Such a large population of wild camels appeared along the Shule River for the first time, indicating that the ecological environment in this area is gradually improving and attracting wild animals such as wild camels. At the same time, this year we used infrared cameras to take pictures of desert cats and other rare animals in this area. This shows that the ecological environment in this area has been further improved through the water conveyance of Shule River. We also look forward to the Shule River permanently supplying water to the Dunhuang West Lake, which will play a greater role in protecting the Dunhuang oasis, the ecology of Western Dunhuang and the ecological security of western Gansu! "