##China is a country that boasting of many lakes, over 2300 of which have areas over 1 km2 , and the total area of all the lakes reaches 70988 km2, accounting for about 0.8% of the total area of the country, with a total storage capacity of 707.7 billion m3, of which fresh water storing capacity amounts to 225 billion m3. Besides, there are in China 86825 reservoirs, with a total storage capacity of 413 billion m3. The two add to a total of 638 billion m3 of fresh water, forming one of the most important fresh water resources in the country, playing a major role in supplying drinking water for the people as well as water for industrial and agricultural production, and aquaculture. Therefore, the water resources of lakes is closely related with the sustainable development of China's economy and people's life.

(From: Lakes in China-Research of Their Environment)

Distribution of lake area and storage of China 

Lake district

Lake surface area (km2)

Percentage to country¡¯s lake acreage (%)

Lake storage (109m3)

Fresh-water storage (109m3)

Percentage to total fresh-water storage (%)

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

36889

51.4

518.2

103.5

45.8

Eastern Plains

21641

30.2

71.1

71.1

31.5

Mongolia Xinjiang Plateu

9411

13.1

69.7

2.35

1.0

Northeastern plains and mountains

2366

3.3

19.0

18.85

8.3

Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau

1108

1.5

28.8

28.8

12.7

Others

372

0.5

2.0

1.5

0.7

Total

71787

100

708.8

226.1

100

( From:  Water Resources Assessment for China) 

Major Lakes in China

1. Lake Qinghai in Qinghai Province
21.Lake Tianchi in the Changbaishan Mountains of Jilin Province
2. Lake Boyang in Jiangxi Province
22.Lake Jingpo in Helongjiang Province
3. Lake Dongting in Hunan Province
23.Lake Wudalianchi in Heilongjiang Province
4. Lake Taihu in Jiangsu Province
24.Lake Xinkai in Heilongjiang Province
5. Lake Hongze in Jiangsu Province
25.Lake Dianchi in Yunnan Province
6. Lake Chaohu in Anhui Province
26.Lake Erhai in Yunnan Province
7. Lake Baiyangdian in Hebei Province
27.Lake Nansi in Shandong ProvinceLake
8. Lake Fuxian in Yunnan Province
28.Lake Yilong in Yunnan Province
9. Lake Dianshan in Shanghai Municipality
29.Lake Qilu in Yunnan Province
10.Lake Bosten in Wygur
30.Lake Qionghai in Sichuan Province
11.Lake Chaiwopu in Wygur
31.The west lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
12.Lake Aibi in Uyigur
32.Lake Qianda in Zhejiang Province
13.Lake Ulungur,Lake Sayram and Lake Kanas in Uygur
33.Lake Honghu in Hubei Province
14.Lake Hulun in Inner Mongolia
34.Lake Xuanwu in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province
15.Lake Wuliangsihai in Inner Mongolia
35.Lake Dongting in Wuhan
16.Lake Hasuhai in Inner Mongolia
36.Lake Miyun Reservoir in Beijing
17.Lake Daihai in Inner Mongolia
37.Dahufang Reservoir in Liaoning Province
18.Lake Nam in Tibet
38.Moguhu Reservoir in Shihezi, Uygur
19.Lake Yamzho in Tibet
39.Gaozhou Reservoir in Guangdong Province
20.Lake Songhua in Jilin Province 40.Yuqiao Reservoir in Tianjin

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