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Lugu Lake

 Lijiang Attractions

Lugu Lake is located 260km north of Lijiang and is a border lake between Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province. It is known for its peculiar natural scenery and the unique matriarchal culture of the Mosuo people, that it sill upholds today. In the Mosuo language of Naxi nationality, “Lu” means “a gully” and “Gu” means “inside”. These two words mean “a lake in a gully” .

Lugu Lake has an area of over 50 square kilometers with a sea level of 2690 meters, with maximum visibility of 12 meters, and is the highest lake in Yunnan Province. There are many legends and stories that surround the beautiful landscapes of Lugu Lake. The lake area is inhabited by many minority ethnic groups, such as the Mosuo, Norzu, Yi, Pumi and Tibetan. the Mosuo people, are said to be a sub clan of the Naxi People. 

The lake is one of the deepest freshwater lakes in China. Its water is blue and crystal-clear. There are five islands, three bylands and one causeway island in lugu lake attractions, all of which are in different shapes and sizes with jade green lushes all around. The temperature of the lake surface varies from season to season. 

The Naxi nationality lives by the Lugu Lake. Their gorgeous dresses, elegant songs and pictographic characters are some of the typical signs of Dongba culture that still remains today. The Mosuo people by the Lugu Lake still follow the so called “Azhu” marriage system (a traditional marriage system based on matriarchal families) and share some characteristics in building a family through matriarchal lines.Women are the leaders of the community’s extensive families. There are neither husbands nor fathers, lovers meet at night but by day they live separately with their own mother’s families. Women also operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society. This "woman’s kingdom" adds mystique to the place. 

Best Time to Visit Lugu Lake: 
The Lugu Lake scenic area is warm in winter and cool during summer, the average monthly temperature is less than 20 degrees Celsius, however, the best time to visit Lu Gu Lake is spring and summer.The Lake Lugu scenic area has an average annual precipitation of 926 mm, average annual temperature of 8 °C.

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