The Hengshui Lake Nature Reserve was established in July 2000 as a natural wetland ecosystem featuring meadows, water, forests, and shallows. It covers an area of 18,787 hectares and is a stop for migrantbirds. The reserve is a typical inland wetland and a desirable habitat for many bird species in North China.
It lies at the junction of the city of Hengshui’s Taocheng district and the city of Jizhou, Hebei province, and is the largest freshwater lake in the North China Plain. The reserve has a 75-sq-km lake that has a deep water, shoal and shallows areas.
he lake is a good choice for sightseeing by boat or for fishing on holidays and has the town of Bingfa nearby, a tourist wharf and the Lingxiu Villa. It has become a tourist destination with historical sites, as well as entertainment and leisure facilities.