Lashihai Lake Overview

1.Where is the Lashihai Lake?

Located about 10 kilometers away from Lijiang center, Lashihai Lake is nestled at the centre of the Lijiang City of Southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Lijiang Lashihai Plateau Wetland Nature Reserve was established in 1998 by the Yunnan provincial government to preserve an indispensable wetland habitat.

2. Why is Lashihai Lake?

The 65-square-kilometre reserve is home to some 300,000 Naxi and Li ethnic people. But it becomes more populous during winter - as the reserve turns into a paradise for migratory birds. Lashihai Lake is the main area where birds dwell. Around 140,000 migratory birds spent their winter beside Lashihai Lake. A repertoire of 165 species of birds can be observed in Lashihai. 

Some of them are endangered species, including the black-necked crane, white stork and ruddy shelduck. The sojourners' arrival begins at the end of September, and peaks in December, before they leave in early April.

The Lashi Lake Wetlands is also labeled as the National Wetland Park. It only takes about 30 minutes of driving to be able to get to this place. The elevation is up to 2,500 meters. Because of that, this gives a wonderful view of the province and the climate is also much cooler than other parts of Yunnan, even during the summer months.

3.Things to Do in Lashihai

  • Horse-riding
  • Boating
  • Bird-watching

4. Best Time to Visit

Lashihai Lake is suitable for traveling all year round. While from December to next February is the best time to watch migratory birds.

5. How to Get in Lashihai Lake From Lijiang Old City?

  • Mini Bus
  • Car-rental
  • Cycling

6. Accommodation and Dining

There are many agritainments offer meals and accommodation. Usually people will spend half a day to ride the horse and boat in the lake. Then back to Lijiang Old Town or Lijiang City for dining and accommodation.