Roughly 131 feet below sea level is a mysterious ancient city that is known to many as the "Atlantis of the East." The magical city is Shicheng, and it's located in Qiandao Lake in China.

Photos of the mystical city, believed to be from the Qing and Ming dynasties (dating 1386-1912), reveal that much of its architecture remains shockingly intact. The city became submerged underwater when it was flooded by the government in 1959 to allow space for a dam.

About 13 years ago, the Chinese government decided to embark on a mission to explore Shicheng and see what remains of the ancient place. The expedition revealed that the city was quite large and the architecture on many buildings included elaborate handcrafted inscriptions and stonework.




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