Lijiang Tour To Lugu Lake
Lugu Lake lies among the lofty and precipitous
mountains of Ninglang Yi Autonomous County in Lijiang and
Yanyuan County in Sichuan. It is 72 kilometers away from Ninglang
County. Lugu Lake covers an area of 52 square kilometers,
with an average depth of 45 meters; the deepest point is 93
meters. It is the second deepest lake in Yunnan. The lake
runs eastward into Yalong and Jinsha Rivers, which are part
of the Yangtze River system. The lake has 5 islands, three
of which, Liwubi, Heiwawu, and Lige, belong to Yunnan Province
(the other two belong to Sichuan Province). Because they attract
lots of tourists, they are called "Three Islands of Penglai".
The lakeshore is inhabited by Mosuo people,
a branch of Naxi ethnic minority. These people still retain
some parts of their earlier matriarchal society. Men and women
are not united by wedlock; they instead live in their mothers'
home. When they grow up, men spend the night staying in the
women's home. They call their partners "Azhu", which
means "intimate companion", but never husband or
wife. Females play a predominant role and are the head of
a family. All family members are descendants of the same matriarchal-lineage.
For this reason, Lugu Lake area is called "A kingdom
of daughters", which is quite rare in the world.
The 3,800-meter-high Gemu Goddess Mountain
on the north lakeshore is a beautiful sacred mountain for
the Mosuo people. Every year on July 25th, acconling to the
lunar calendar, the Mosuo people hold a grand pilgrimage to
the mountain. Lugu Lake is now a provincial tourist area.
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