Lugu Lake

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Location: Lugu Lake China lies 200 kilometers from the center of Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province.
Type: Lake
UNESCO World Heritage: No
Main content of Lugu Lake: Lugu Lake China is an incredibly beautiful lake, nestled high in the Himalayan Mountains. A walking tour around the lake takes about three days, through some incredibly beautiful scenery, and gives you a chance to visit many local communities.


There are many villages scattered around the lake, with the best-known villages being Luoshui and Lige, which are the main tourist centers of the area.


The lake's shores are inhabited by many minority ethnic groups, such as the Mosuo, Norzu, Yi, Pumi and Tibetan. The most numerous of these are the Mosuo people. The Mosuo is a matriarchal society. They are known for their walking marriages. By far the majority of Mosuo do not live at the lake, but in towns/villages scattered throughout the mountains surrounding the lake.

Brief Introduction of Lugu Lake


Lugu Lake is the highest lake of Yunnan province and one of the deepest freshwater lakes in China.  The lake includes 5 islands, 3 peninsulas and 1 seawall island, the Heiwawu Island, Liwubi Island and Lige Island are renewed as the "the three islands from the fabled abode of immortals", the three islands are also the most popular place worth to see at Lugu Lake.

There are about 1,300,0 people living along the bank of the lake, 45% of them are Mosuo minority people, other nationality are Yi, Han, Naxi, Tibetean, Bai, Zhuang and Pumi. Mosuo people is an ancient minority, it keeps the matriarchal society way of living, the people and minority is regarded as the ‘living fossil of matriarchal society of human’, unique and quite interesting.


Famous Scenic Spots or Sceneries of Lugu Lake

1. Dwellings at Lugu Lake: Most of the folk houses here are built by lumps of wood and planks, every piece of the wood was has slots, and people built the house without nails and bricks. The houses are warm in winter and cool in summer and they are shock resistant, the dwellings are the symbol of Lugu Lake China.


2.  Lugu Lake Trekking: Lugu Lake is so beautiful so that you can’t miss in Lugu Lake tour, therefore the best way to enjoy it is by trekking or cycling, and it is cheap. It is only 76 kilometers circle around the lake, it is suggested to start your walking or biking before 7:00am because the morning of Lugu Lake is amazing.

3. Boating and Horse Riding at Lugu Lake: Tourist can reach all the 18 natural villages at Lugu Lake by boat, the price is from RMB10 to 60 yuan per person based on your destination. The horse riding here is also cheap at only RMB30 to 60 per time.

Transportation of Lugu Lake

How to Get to Lugu Lake China


When taking China travel to Lugu Lake China, one of the most important things is to learn the transportation there. The following methods are recommended for you.

By Shuttle Bus
Tourist can easily get the ticket from Lijiang to Lugu Lake (no need to get to Ninglang County firstly). The round-way ticket between Lijiang and Lugu Lake is available at only RMB140 yuan, the car departs at 9:30 am every morning. Usually the bus will stop at Luoshui village, the most popular village is Lige, it still has about 11 kilometers from the Big Luoshui Village to Lige Island, you can hire car at Luoshui or tell the driver your destination is Lige village before the boarding.


By Hiring Cars
If you have a group or can find some people with same itineraries as yours, you can hire cars to Lugu Lake China, the price is about RMB400-600 per car (based on the type of the car, tourist car, off-road car, etc.). If you are traveling along, ask for it at the hotels and get help.

If you are going to visit Lugu Lake from Sichuan province, you may need to get to Xichang first, (there are trains, flights available from Chengdu to Xichang). The bus ticket from Xichang to Lugu Lake is about RMB70.


Best Time to Visit Lugu Lake


The best time to visit Lugu Lake China are in spring and summer. There is not much difference of the views of the four seasons in the Lugu Lake when taking Lugu Lake tour. In spring, there is blossom of fruit trees along the lake, such as apple trees, pomegranate trees and pear trees. The trees are beautiful, so visitors will not feel boring at all. When it comes to May or June, the landscape there is even better. Travelers can appreciate the natural lawn in a huge area and walk on the Lovers’ Bridge. It is also the busy season at that time. Visitors who love quietness can choose another time to go to the Lugu Lake China.

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