Well i really came prepared for this cruise and I visited the thousand lake island during this years Chinese new year. My fiancé and were ready to book the Earl luxury cruise but were told it’s closed all week. imagine! Luckily we had not bought tickets in advance but planned to buy tickets at the venue. we ended up taking pictures at the venue near the boats, we took really great pictures! and we decided to walk around and enjoyed the lake. if u walk up from this spot you will see more beautiful buildings, and countless restaurants. we ended up dining at a Chinese restaurant and enjoy bbq and nun. even without the boat tour it was still worth it. Qiandaohu us a very beautiful place all round.