Shangri-La Circular Route | Must-visit Attractions Along the Sichuan-Yunnan Hidden Gems Journey (Part 2)

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a pure land called Shambhala. There are various opinions on whether this kingdom actually exists, but in reality, Shambhala does exist and is located at the junction of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet. The Shambhala Ring Road not only encompasses diverse natural landscapes but also integrates unique and profound local customs. Come and explore the natural beauty of Shambhala!

Board the pig trough boat at the pier to enter the lake. During the journey, you can visit and check-in at the recording location of "Dearest Inn" of Hunan TV, which is located at the back of Wangfei Island. It takes about 1 hour to paddle back and forth. If you disembark when it's close to evening, you can wait for the sunset at nearby Goddess Bay. Here, you can witness the most beautiful side of Lugu Lake under the setting sun.

Goddess Bay

The Goddess Bay (Nv shen wan) is also called Zhaojiawan, facing Mount Gemu, is a quiet harbor in the middle of Lugu Lake, one of the most beautiful bays in Lugu Lake, known by tourists as the Hawaii of the East.

Daluoshui Village

Daluoshui Village, also known as Daluoshui Village, is located in Luoshui Administrative Village, Ninglang Yi Autonomous County, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province. It is situated on the side of Lijiang near Lugu Lake and is a popular destination for many tourists visiting Lugu Lake.
The Rige Peninsula is surrounded by water on three sides and overlooks a lake shaped like a peach heart, hence it is also called "Peach Heart Island". From the viewing platform on the Rige Peninsula, you can enjoy the most beautiful view of Lugu Lake, with the water meeting the sky and green mountains nearby, creating a refreshing and delightful atmosphere.

Rock Island

The original name of Xiwadiao is Shuizhaidao. The locals call it She Island and Locke Island. Locke Island is covered with dense vegetation. The largest tree on the island was planted by Dr. Locke in the early 1920s and is now a first-class protected plant in Lugu Lake. At the peak of Locke Island, there is a "Mani Pile". The prayer flags around the Mani Pile have faded due to wind and rain, making it a symbol of Locke Island.

Goddess Mountain

Goddess Gemu Mountain, also known as Lion Mountain, has an elevation of 3770 meters and is the highest peak around Lugu Lake. In the Mosuo language, Lion is called "Gemu", and in Tibetan it is called "Senge Gemu", with "Senge" meaning lion and "Gemu" meaning white goddess. According to Mosuo folklore, Gemu Goddess is incarnated in Goddess Gemu Mountain. For tourism in Lugu Lake, visitors can take a cable car from the entrance of the Gemu Goddess Mountain Scenic Area in Nise Village at the foot of the mountain and visit the Gemu Goddess Cave.
Muli Monastery was once the religious and political center of the Muli Kingdom in the early 20th century. It was also the largest Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Kangba Tibetan area. It was damaged in the 1960s and later rebuilt with funding from the government. The current Muli Monastery still retains the traditional Tibetan architectural style with gilded decorations, carved beams and painted rafters, towering golden roofs, and vibrant colors.