During our visiting at Lugu Lake, we learn more about the real Women’s Kingdom. Lugu Lake is located on the border between Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province. The main inhabitants here are Mosuo people, who still remain their traditional culture and matriarchal society structure. There are no marriage and women play a main role in family and society. This’s why this area is also named as Women’s Kingdom. Due to the road condition, we needed to depart the next day on time in the morning to go back to Lijiang. So we only had the chance to take a boat tour at the lake and to join the campfire party in the evening. Although we missed some interesting places to visit, but we gained a lot of wonderful memories in this trip.
Entrance of Lugu Lake Scenic Area.
We went to the visitor centre nearby the entraince to see the view of Lugu Lake.
This is Liwubi Island where we were going to visit by boat.
Pier at Daluoshui Village.
In front of us is Gemu Goddess Mountain.
Many boats were taking tourists to visit the islands.
We took a boat at the pier of Sanjia Village (bottom of this picture).
Going to take a boat.
Looking to Liwubi Island from another altitude.
Local wooden boats.
Waiting for a boat.
To protect the nature resource, motorboats were not allowed at this lake.
One of the couple trees.
Water in three colours.
This’s the partner of the couple tree at the other side of water.
We’re at Sichuan Province now, the otherside of water is Yunnan Province.
Continue to island.
There is underwater spring eye here, the water is so clear as drink water.
We went to our boat and picked a better seat before others came back. Jessie wanted to sit at front.
Pretty Musou woman.
In this Women’s Kingdom, the society works like cooperation. Every family needs to contribute their energy to run all activities here. This gird represents her family here to paddle the boat everyday.
There’s the visitor centre.
Pier of Sanjia Village.
On the way to our hotel at Daluoshui Village.
Arrive our hotel.
Sights from our room.
Introduction of Lugu Lake (http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/yunnan/lijiang/lugu_lake.htm)
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. It is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan.
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 it 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 and has a variety of birds living on it. The smallest 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.
House of Mosuo people by Luogu Lake
Mosuo Family at Luogu LakeMystery 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 happily.