Weeks of extreme heat and drought have led to rapidly declining water levels seeing major rivers and lakes.
And the satellite images of Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province show its surface area in April was close to 4,000 square kilometers.
It's now less than 600, and the lake bed is showing.
One can even see tree-like drainage patterns where smaller streams flow into the lake.
Hydrologists say the lake surface is only 1/5 of a normal summer.
"In northern parts of the lake, the surface is so narrow that it looks like a river.
Vegetation has started to grow in some areas of the lake bed, some smaller tributaries have dried out."
Authorities have redirected reservoir water to Poyang Lake to ease a drinking water shortage.
Jiangxi's Water Resources Department has established a tiered system where they launched different measures based on drought forecasts for the next 10, 20 and 30 days.
The heat and lack of precipitation is harming crops which need extra water in the weeks leading up to harvest.