The Mysterious Poyang Lake
From the early 1960s to 1980s nearly 30 years, 200 boats sunk, 1,600 peoples declared missing and about 30 survivors suffered mental illness. This series of astonishing numbers is not a stranger to the residents of Poyang Lake.
Poyang Lake is located at Duchang County of Jiangxi Province and is one of the seven national nature reserves. There is a temple called the Laoye Temple on its eastern bank and the water area surrounding the Laoye Temple also known as the “place of death,” “devil horns,” and the Poyang Lake’s “East Bermuda Triangle,”. The water here has always been a mystery, and many people believe that a supernatural mysterious force that violates the laws of physics must exist here. Therefore, many underwater archeology projects have been carried out to discover the truth behind.
The Enigmatic 30 Degree North Earth Latitude
When we talk about 30 degree latitude, it reminds us about: Bermuda Triangle (32.20 N), pyramids of Egypt (29° 58′ N), the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest (27° 59′ N), the Dead Sea (31° 30′ N), the world’s deepest undersea Mariana Trench (11″21′ N) and etc.Obviously, anything that is incomprehensible must have some relation to 30 degree latitude and interestingly, Poyang Lake is located within this mysterious region, 28°22′- 29°45′ N latitude.
Accidents And Incidents happened
Among the accidents, the most famous was on April 16, 1945, a Japanese boat sank in the Laoye Temple waters. The Japanese boat ‘KOBE’ was a transport boat carrying 200 crews and all the predatory antique, calligraphy, painting, gold and silver jewelry on its way home from China to Japan. Sadly, none of the 200 crews on board survived. Afterward, the Japanese sent an underwater salvage team. Only one individual came back up, and the rest disappeared. The survivor was terrified after he took off his diving suit, and he lost his mind soon after.
In addition, after the victory of Anti-Japanese War, China Kuomintang had invited American diving salvage experts Edward DE Boer to unearth the Poyang lake mystery. However, there is nothing that can be found and some American divers had also disappeared without a trace.
Nevertheless, according to Han Lixian, a resident of Duchang said, “In 1977, the people in this region to build three dams, one of which was built near the temple waters Laoye. One night the dam with a length of 2,000 feet, 165 feet wide and with a height of 16 meters in above the water, sank without a rumble a bit. “
Many of the local fishermen claim that the weather could change abruptly without any sign, storm could hit anytime and the wave could become very fiercely anytime. Therefore, the fishermen would burn incense or hold ceremonies in order to pray to the god to protect them before they proceed to the water.
Once upon a time
On 1363, the navy of the Ming, under Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), met the Han navy, commanded by Chen Youliang, at the Poyang Lake. This battle was one of the final battles fought in the fall of China’s Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty and by some definition, the largest naval battle in history.
According to some of the locals, at a time of the war, Zhu was losing the battle and retreated to the lake shore. There were no boats or any other means to cross the lake, but a giant turtle appeared and helped Zhu across the lake.
After Zhu won the battle and became the emperor, Zhu designated the turtle as a general and build a temple near the lake in memory of the turtle. Locals believe that the turtle’s spirit is what has been causing the abnormal phenomenon to the lake.
Few experts ran a series of infrared photographic test to the lake, and the outcome is, they found out that there is a cliff of sand with an altitude of about 6600 ft, across from east to west under the waters of the temple Laoye and they believe this is what leads to the creation of swirling water below the lake. The Whirlpool is very possible and strong enough to sink ships and a number of boats.
However, this theory still cannot explain why the wrecks of those sunken ships were ever found.
The Poyang Lake has long been an important water route for ancient porcelain exports, and many treasures and secrets may be lying below.
This mystery remains to be demystified.