Essence scenic spots of Lugu Lake (Exclusive Lake Circumference Strategy)

Lugu Lake is located at the border of Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province and Ninglang County in Yunnan Province. It is the first natural freshwater lake in Sichuan and is often referred to as the "Pearl of the Plateau." This exclusive guide will reveal every scenic spot around the lake.

Bridal Bridge

The most famous in Caohai is the so-called 'the first Magpie Bridge in the world' walking marriage bridge, which is a 300-meter-long wooden bridge extending from the reeds of Caohai. The old bridge, which has a history of nearly a hundred years, has some of its wood decayed or destroyed, scattered in Caohai. Now, this bridge is adjacent to the old bridge and was rebuilt later. The walking marriage bridge spans Caohai, passes through the reeds, and directly reaches the villages on both sides, providing a convenient passage for the villagers and the 'Axia' who are 'walking marriage'. The walking marriage bridge is a place for Mosuo men and women to date, and the Mosuo people by the Lugu Lake adhere to the custom of 'walking marriage' where 'men do not marry, and women do not marry'.

Lover Beach

There are two lovers' beaches in Lugu Lake, the Libai lovers' beach in Sichuan and the Luoshui lovers' beach in Yunnan. This beach is located in Liangshan, Sichuan. The trees on the lakeside grow in pairs, standing by the lake like couples, which is where the name of the lovers' beach comes from. The people living around will hang prayer flags in the pine forest and grassland, fluttering in the wind, giving a particularly mysterious feeling. With the sunlight, ten miles of sandy beach, and the willows swaying, the beautiful environment is perfect for couples to stroll hand in hand at dusk, showing their tenderness.

Goddess Bay (zhaojiawan)

Goddess Bay is a quiet harbor in Lugu Lake, also known as Goddess Bay because it faces Mount Gemu. It is said that the Han people surnamed Zhao live here, with a large population, so it is called Zhaojia Bay. Goddess Bay is the best angle to watch the sunset and evening glow of Lugu Lake, and it is also one of the most beautiful places in Lugu Lake.

Goddess of Mount Gem

Gemu Goddess Mountain, also known as Lion Mountain, has an elevation of 3754.7 meters and is the highest peak around Lugu Lake. In the Mosuo language, "Gemu" means white goddess, and in Mosuo folklore, it is the incarnation of the Gemu Goddess. Lion Mountain is majestic and towering, and during the Mountain Pilgrimage Festival, the Mosuo people go up the mountain to worship the goddess. On the mountain, you can also visit caves, take an exciting slide down the mountain, and capture panoramic views of Lugu Lake.

Piggyback barge

The pig trough boat, also known as a canoe in the Mosuo language, has always been the only means of transportation on the lake. It is named after its shape, which resembles a long pig trough. With the protection of the ecological environment and the prohibition of logging, the original pig trough boats have become fewer and fewer. Some boats even have propellers installed. When visiting Lugu Lake, it is still a must to experience this activity. The locals are good at singing and dancing, and when they paddle the boat with joy, they will also perform a few songs to bring joy to everyone, making them instantly reluctant to return to the big cities. Each village along the lake shore has its own dock.

Yang erchinam Museum

Yang Erche Namu has made the world aware of Lugu Lake, the Mosuo people, and walking marriage. In order to recognize and reward Yang Erche Namu's contribution to the development of Lugu Lake tourism, the Yunnan government specially allocated a piece of land with a good location to her. She spent four years building this private museum with her own investment. Unfortunately, there was a fire in 2015 and it is no longer open for visitation.
Located next to the ruins of the original Mosuo chieftain's mansion in Boshu Village, Lugu Lake Town, Sichuan, it is the only museum in China and the world that systematically displays the historical culture and folk customs of the Mosuo.
Lugu Peninsula, excellent geographical location, backed by sacred mountains, surrounded by water on three sides, the understanding of Lugu Lake by everyone, many of the photos promoted on major platforms come from here. I also particularly like it here, sitting in a inn on the peninsula, brewing a pot of Pu'er tea, having a Ge You trip, watching the clouds roll and the lake shimmer, and the boats shuttle back and forth, it's so pleasant!

Luowa Peninsula

Here is a very important boundary, one side is the famous Grass Sea, the other side is the Bright Sea, it is also an excellent place to watch the sunset and sunrise. Every morning, the Mosuo people fish for pigweed on the lake, which is also a beautiful sight.

Wangfei Island

Princess Island, formerly known as Bowa Island and Boao Island, is named after the last princess Xiao Shuming of Lugu Lake's "Tusi Princess Mansion". The scenery here is very beautiful. The visibility of the lake water is particularly high, and the water lilies grow particularly well, with roots and rhizomes two or three meters long being common.

Liwubi Island

Li Wu Bi Island, located on the south side of Lugu Lake, is the most famous small island in Lugu Lake. There is also a lamasery on the island, with statues of Sakyamuni and Thousand-Hand Guanyin. The temple is very popular, and local people come to pray and worship during Tibetan festivals and Buddhist celebrations.
Black Wa Island, also known as Xiwao Island, is called Snake Island by the locals because there are many snakes that come out to sunbathe after the summer rains. Located in the center of the lake, it is also known as the Heart of the Lake. The island is covered with lush trees and is a gathering place for a variety of birds. It is a resting place for migratory birds and wild ducks. This was also the water palace of the former Yongning Tusi Ayunshan, who hosted the American botanist Dr. Locke. They became good friends, and Locke lived on the island for a full 8 years, developing a close relationship with the Mosuo people. The Mosuo people have deep feelings for their deceased foreign friend, and most people call this island
Several large villages in the area are located by the lake, making it convenient for dining, accommodation, and boating.