Tai Lake (Chinese 澶箹 Pinyin: Tai Hu) is the third largest freshwater lake in China with a total area of 2200 sq km. There are 90 islands, and more than 30 diffent fish. Tai Lake is linked to the renowned Grand Canal. The lake is also the origin for a number of rivers, including Suzhou Creek. Tai Lake is renowned for its unique limestone formations. These Chinese scholar's rocks are often prized as a decorating material for the traditional Chinese garden, especially in areas such as Suzhou. Some part of the lake surrounded by hills. It is a great spot to escape from the crowds and explore the less visited parts of Chinas rural landscape by bike.