Golden Shuttle Island
Golden Shuttle Island lies in the southeast part of
Erhai Lake and stands far apart opposite the Erhai Park
at a distance. Lying 13 km. away from Xiaguan Harbour,
it is one of the scenic spots for a boat ride in the
lake. The island is 1,500 metres in length and 20 m.
to 500 m. in width. The west is wide and the middle
is narrow, so it looks like a shuttle or floating calabash,
hence its name. The island is full of caverns and precipitious
cliffs. The "Annals of Yunnan" by Fan Zhuo, a historian,
recorded that: "The island lies in the centre of the
lake, and is embraced by water on the four sides. It
was cool and comfortable in summer, and was a summer
resort of the royal family of Nanzhao Kingdom." The
island is inhabited by the Bai people whose professions
are fishing and water transportation. Rocks are used
in building their walls and grey-coloured bricks are
dominantly used in building their houses. In front of
the gate there is a screen wall. The courtyard, decorated
with trees and flowers, gives a graceful atmosphere.
The island commands a wide view of the lake with Cangshan
Mountain as the beautiful background. It is on the island
that one can taste the flavour of "fresh fish cooked
in fresh water" in the style of the Bai nationality.
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