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Erhai Lake

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Introduction to Erhai Lake (洱海)

Located in the Dali Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province,since it has a shape of an ear, it gets the name Erhai (Ear Lake).Ranked the second place in Yunnan Province and the seventh freshwater lake in the nation by area and water storage.The lake covers an area of more than 250 square kilometers and is 21.5 meters at the deepest.It stretches 42 kilometers from north to south and 3.9 kilometers from east to west.

Erhai Lake is a barrier lake formed after a fault foundering of the earth's crust. On the boundless expanse of the lake, there are steamers, sailing boats, and flying birds. The surrounding islands, temples and villages are worth visiting too. The famous sights such as Three Islets, namely Jinsuo, Chiwen, and Yuji, Four Lands, namely Malian, Mandarin Duck, Qingsha, and Daguanpeng, and Nine Curves, namely Lotus, Huge Crane, Panji, Phoenix Wing, Dill, Ox Horn, Bozuo, Gaopin, Soaring Crane. 

At the southern-most end of the lake is Erhai Park, which was built in 1976 and used to be a hunting resort for the King of the Nanzhao Kingdom. The park today includes an arboretum, a zoo, a children's playground, and a public swimming pool. The spot give a good view of the Lake from the park is Guanertai, a pagoda that overlooks the surrounding scenery. With the reflections of Cangshan Mountain in the placid water, accompanied by Bai girls in bright-colored costumes on the shore or in fishing boats, the picturesque scenery makes you feel relaxed and content.

When you are at Erhai Lake, you can not miss to visit the fishing villages of Bai people nearby, which is the few fishing villages on the altiplano. The famous movie of the Five Golden Flowers, reflected the life here. you can take wooden ships or yachts there to enjoy your erhai lake tour. Remember to bargain before you get aboard. 
 

   
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Location

Dali, Yunnan Province, China

   
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Main Sights

Erhai Lake

   
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Travel Information

Admission for Erhai Lake: free, but visitors should pay 30 Yuan for the fare of resource protection.

Opening Hours: 8:30AM - 6:00PM

   
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Transportation 

1. The Erhai Lake park can be reached by taking bus No. 6 from Xiaguan. The Lake can also be easily reached by bike from the ancient city in less than 15 minutes.

2. It only costs 5 Yuan by taxi from any place in Dali town.

   
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Travel Tips

1. Recommended duration for a visit is about an hour.

2. You should know that ordinary boats do not go to the Nanzhao Love Islands. They usually come back after arriving at Golden Shuttle Island, Small Putuo Island and Kwan-yin Pavilion. When you rent boats, safety is the most important. When it is summer and autumn, especially when Husband Awaiting Clouds turn up on the Cangshan Mountain, it is not suggested for you to go on the sea.

3. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. At that time, Guilin with suitable weather will meet a lot of tourists, so the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.


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