I’m starting sharing some photos taken at Lugu Lake before writing something because the lake scenery is so stunningly beautiful. I was almost speechless, but I happily ended up taking so many good photos.
Lugu lake [or Luguhu] locates in high mountain between Sichuan and Yunnan (China). We reached there at 6pm after catching a long train and bus [by night train from Chengdu to Xichang, then by bus from Xichang to Lugu]. We were welcomed by so many bad things when arriving. Not only a heavy rain, a biting cold, and a dirty dorm room in the hostel came to say hello, but also the weather forecast reported that the rain wouldn’t stop until the day after tomorrow – the day we would leave Lugu for Lijiang. That was so painfully disappointed.
But, Holy cow! Everything turned so perfectly when we got up the next day. The lake was crystal clear like a mirror sparking under sunshine. It was impossible to take bad photos even if it was your intention LOL. We hurriedly rent a motorbike and rode around the lake. That day was such a beautiful day. The mystery and charm of the lake is half from natural beauty, and half from Mosuo people who inhabiting around the shores of the lake. Mosuo people are special because of their matriarchal society. They don’t have a traditional marriage but a ‘walking marriage’, so they have no ideas of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’. Please visit here http://www.mosuoproject.org/walking.htm if you feel interesting in their culture.
The only thing made me confused was what I read from a book of ‘Dongba Culture of Naxi people [the Naxi ethnic minority group mostly lives around Lijiang town]. It mentioned that the Mosuo was a branch of the Naxi while I found they were totally different for all aspects [scripting, religion, language, custom…]. The Mosuo should be close to the Tibetan.
Typical Mosua houses:
Stay at least 2 days, and don’t visit in peak season, everything is overpriced. The hostel room where we stayed was dirty, the bathroom had a nasty smell.