Ninglang

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Introduction: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 Provin..

Districts: Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangri-la Xishuanbanna Ninglang Tengchong Baoshan Chuxiong Deqin Diqing GejiuCity Honghe Lincang Luliang Luoping Mengzi YiAutonomous Qujing Ruili

Attractions: Lugu Lake villages Stone Forest Wild Elephant Valley Laojun Mountain Yunshan Ping Tiger Leaping Gorge Haba snow-capped mountain Ficus Lacor Dali Ancient Town Tian Long Ba Bu Cinematic City

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Ninglang Introduction

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. The lake 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 the lake 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 of the lake and has a variety of birds living o­n it. The smallest island o­n the lake 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.

Mystery 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. W

Ninglang Traffic

 In 1952, the highway connecting Sichuan and western Yunnan was reconstructed and opened to traffic. At the same time, trunk highways linking the Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture with other parts of the country were constructed. The Yixi Highway was opened to traffic in 1957, linking up the Greater and Lesser Liangshan Mountains for the first time in history. A highway network extending in all directions within the prefecture had been formed by 1961. By the end of 1981, the total length of highways in the prefecture had increased from seven km. before 1949 to 7,368 km. While there were o­nly 18 push carts in the whole area before 1949, the number of vehicles in 1981 reached 11,000, of which 5,000 were motor vehicles.
The local transportation department employed a total of 10,000 people. The Chengdu-Kunming Railway crosses six counties in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture over a distance of 337 km., with 45 stations o­n the line.
The easiest way to get out to the lake o­n your own is by private car or taxi hire (5 1/2 hr.; ¥500-¥600/$62-$75 round-trip); you'll have to pay for the driver's food and accommodations separately. Otherwise, take a Ninglang-bound bus from Li Jiang's main bus station, then transfer to a Luoshui-bound minibus (2-2 1/2 hr.; ¥20/$2.50). Leaving Luoshui, a Li Jiang-bound bus (¥43/$5) leaves the bus station (keyun zhan) along the lakeshore at 7:30am. Alternatively, take a minivan taxi to Ninglang for ¥20 ($2.50), and then catch a connecting bus back to Li Jiang (every hour 7am-3pm).

Ninglang Festivals

Torch Festival of Yi - the most ceremonious minority dance

Date: 24th to 26th day of the sixth lunar month
Activities: Recognized as the grandest traditional festival of the Yi ethnic minority, the Torch Festival is full of rich and colorful activities. Worshiping ancestors, visiting relatives and friends to convey their best wishes are the main events of the first day. Bull and sheep fighting, horse racing, cockfighting, singing competition, beauty contest, wrestling and tug-of-wars etc. are held o­n the second day allowing everyone to compete and play to their heart content.

The climax comes in the evening of the third day, large bonfires are lit while people sit, sing, and dance around them the whole night. In the eyes of the Yi, the torch symbolizes happiness and chasteness and brings good luck to the people. Because the festival is of such a frantic and ardent atmosphere, people from other countries refer to it as 'the Carnival with Chinese Characteristics'.

Ninglang Service Telephones

Tourism complaints tel of Yunnan province: 0871-4608315

State tuorism complaints tel: 010-6527351

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