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
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 stones.
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.
The lake is encircled with hills. The
water is clean and inviting, with fish swimming in it.
The forest around is dense and the air is fresh. This
is a place that is little tainted by modern industry
- the natural beauty is retained. The weather is pleasant
- it is cool in summer and warm in winter. All the seasons
are as comfortable as spring, but the best seasons to
come here are spring and summer when the hills are emerald
green, the flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing
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