wetland is located in the middle of Lijiang County. It was
approved as a plateau wetland nature reserve in Yunnan Province
in June, 1998. Since then, the nature reserve has been rehabilitated,
protected and improved, which turns to be a paradise of thousands
of birds consisted of 57 species, a place where biodiversity
has been effectively conserved.
With an area of 5,330 hectares, Lashihai
Lake is about 9.3 km long from south to north and 8.2 km wide
from east to west. It is the largest lake in Lijiang County.
Surrounded by the mountains, the catchment of Lashihai is
about 256.6 square meters.
The Rivers of Meiquan and Keluokang are
merged together into Lashihai. With good quality of water,
which meets water quality requirement of Grade II. It is one
of the reserved drinking water sources for the city of Lijiang.
are Naxi and other minority nationalities inhabited around
Lashihai Lake, who are rich in cultural and folk customs.
Zhiyun Temple situated by Lashihai Lake is regarded as one
of the five temples in the city of Lijiang. It is a famous
tourism spot of Tibetan Lamaism.
The LPW endows rich resources of biology.
At the turn of each autumn and winter, thousands
of water fowls migrate afar from the north, among which there
are some of national protected birds, such as Black Storks,
Black Neck Cranes, Chinese Mergansers, etc. as well as great
numbers of ordinary water birds like Ruddy Shelducks and Mandarin
Ducks and so on. According to the records, the quantity of
bird species in the area of Lashihai wetland each year amounts
to 25,000 ~ 30,000, the Anatidae of Anseriformes takes the
dominant. 9 from 57 species of birds in wetland are of special,
rare and distinctive ones. They are distributed in the shallow
lake areas in the south, west and east side of Lashihai.
The wetland plants in nature reserve are
divided into four major life forms, among which there are
21 kinds of helophyte plant, 7 kinds of merged aquatic plant,
5 kinds of floating plant and 11 kinds benthophyte (submerged)
plant. The submerged ones are among the largest portion for
the building of aquatic plant community in the lake. The Ottelia
acuminate is not only edible but valuable for ornamental purpose
as well, which is an endangered species listed as national
protected species Grade III.
Lijiang tour to Lashihai Lake:
Days China Yunnan Ecology Tours: Viewing Birds In Kunming,