Lugu Lake lies 200 kilometers (approximately
124 miles) from the center of Lijiang City, on the border
between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County
in Sichuan Province. The lake is like a beautiful pearl shining
among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan.
The lake is in the shape of a horse's hoof
- long from north to south, and narrower from east to west.
The vista of the lake changes constantly throughout the day.
The morning mist mixed with the light of the rising sun gives
the lake an orange glow covered by mist. When the light of
sun causes the hills to throw their shadows onto the water,
the lake has a jade green color. The lake is calm and dark
green in the evening when the sun sinks, and is peaceful when
night comes. Gentle wind blows and water ripples.
On the lake there are five islands. They are different sizes
and are like green boats floating on the water. Heiwawu Island,
Liwubi Island, and Lige Island are most notable. Heiwawu Island
is in the center of the lake and has a variety of birds living
on it. The smallest island on the lake is Nixi Island - an
oblong rock covered with shrubs and moss. Besides the five
islands, there are also three peninsulas and an island which
is linked to a seawall on the shore by a path paved with small
Mystery and charm surround the lake, partly because it was
once an unspoiled place and still retains much of its totally
natural beauty, but mostly because the Mosuo people who live
there form a matriarchal society. There is no marriage. Men
stay in the women's home as mates called 'Axia' and the intimate
relationship lasts as long as they like. Children are brought
up by women, and use the surname of their mothers. Families
are composed of the members of the matrilineal kin. Women
operate production and management, and hold the principal
position in the society, forming a modern day 'woman's kingdom',
which adds mystique to this place.
Lijiang Travel Attractions
Lijiang Baisha Murals
Black Dragon Pool
Ancient Town Of
Of Yangtze River
Naxi Ethnic People
Naxi Classical Music