Liwubi Island of Lugu Lake in Lijiang

Liwubi Island

In Luguhu Lake(泸沽湖), there are 5 islands, 3 peninsulas and 1 seawall island, with an average surface height of 15 to 30 meters. On the Ninglang side of Yunnan, Heiwawu Island(黑瓦吾岛), Liwubi Island(里无比岛) and Lige Island(里格岛), which are the three islands with the most ornamental and tourist value. It is also called “Penglai Three Islands”(蓬莱三岛).

What to see in Liwubi Island

Liwubi Island(里无比岛) is located in the south-central part of Luguhu Lake(泸沽湖). It divides Luguhu Lake(泸沽湖) into two parts with the Tubu Peninsula(吐布半岛) and faces the Snake Island in the northwest. You can take a boat from Luoshui Village(落水村) to Liwubi Island(里无比岛), which takes about half an hour. One side of the island is a stalagmite that becomes a natural pier. A meandering path leads directly to the top of the island, with many azaleas and wild cherry trees next to the road. At the end of the flower is the Buddhist temple or the Tibetan Buddhism Temple, and there is a white pagoda at the top of the island.

The main building of the island is the Liwubi Temple, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Although the ethnologists have designated the Mosuo people as one of the Naxi people, the Mosuo people do not agree with them. They said that they are a single nation and a descendant of the ancient Yi people. Therefore, their religion believes in Tibetan Buddhism. There is a white tower at the highest point of the temple. The tower of the vicissitudes indicates the sacredness of the temple. And under the blue sky, this is a beautiful picture.

Because of the abundant water and sunshine, the Liwubi Island(里无比岛) is a dense virgin forest. In addition, the Mosuo people have no custom of playing birds and eating birds. It has become a paradise for birds.

How to get to Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake is located on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan, so travelers can visit Lugu Lake from Yunnan or from Sichuan. At present, there are three highway leading to Lugu Lake, one is from Xichang (Sichuan) to Lugu Lake for 258 kilometers, one is from Panzhihua to Lugu Lake for 220 kilometers and the third is from Lijiang to Lugu Lake for 230 kilometers.

Luguhu Airport, opended in October 2015, has limited flights from/to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan. The airport is about 25 kilometers from Lugu Lake with airport shuttle linked each other.

1. From Lijiang:
1) Transport Service Center Bus Station to Daluoshui Village:
Departure Time: 09:00, 10:00.
Ticket Price: CNY 65
Duration: around 7 hours
2) Take tourist bus arranged by local travel agencies:
Departure Time: unfixed
Ticket Price: CNY 140 to 200 for a round-trip
Duration: around 7 hours
Notice:
1). Departure time is changeable. Usually, the bus driver informs the tourists of departure time and pick-up location in advance.  
2). Most hostels help their guests to book the bus tickets. Visitors can ask the hostel owners if they provide this service. The reservation should be made one day in advance.
3). Visitors who take tourist bus might be arranged to go shopping, visit a Mosuo family, go boating or take part in a bonfire party. Undoubtedly, they need to pay extra money for these activities.

2. From Xichang, Sichuan Province: 
1). Take regular bus from Xichang Tourist Transport Center Bus Station to Lugu LakeTown (also called Zuosuo Town).
Departure Time: 08:10, 09:30
Ticket Price: CNY 95
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
2). Take regular bus from Xichang to Yanyuan, change bus to Zuosuo Town.
 

  Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
Xichang – Yanyuan every 30 minutes from 06:00 to 15:00 CNY 32 around 4 hours
Yanyuan – Lugu Lake Town 09:30 to 12:30 CNY 30 around 3 hours

Notice:
1). Lugu lake is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Lugu Lake Town. After arriving in the town, visitors need to charter a car to reach the village where they plan to stay. The fare is around CNY 20 to 40.  
2). Bus schedules and ticket prices might be adjusted without prior notice.
3). Extra buses from Xichang to Lugu Lake Town will be provided during the high season (May to October).
4). Visitors are suggested to buy return bus tickets upon arrival in case the tickets are sold out quickly.

Recommended Tour with Lugu Lake

2 Days Lijiang Lugu Lake Tour and Matriarchal Society Discovery

Best Time to Visit Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake is surprising beautiful place which can be visited all year round. Flowers are blossom in different season, presenting you a charming painting scenery. The best time to visit Lugu Lake is from March to November and as for photographers, come from March to May and September to October that you will shoot brilliant pictures.

Spring: it is a land of idyllic beauty – emerald lake like a clear mirror with the surrounding peach flowers and pear flowers blossom happily, mountains reflecting in water, boats sailing quietly on the tranquil lake…
Summer: it is a summer resort – pleasant and cool weather with gentle breezes blowing, mist floating in the midair after rainy, azalea in pink and white blossom in the mountain…
Autumn: it is a fairyland as beautiful as Jiuzhaigou – the surrounded mountains turn into a red and golden world with leaves changing, the glittering lake, the gorgeous sunglow, geese chirping in the sky that you can image how beautiful the scene is.
Winter: it is a world of waterfowl – different kinds of wild ducks playing on the water.

If you interested in the grandest festival of Mosuo people, come to the lunar July 25 that you can see Mosuo people dressed in traditional festival to pay a worship to Gemu Goddess Mountain.

Luguhu Lake Accommodation

In the Lugu Lake tourist area, there are more than 400 hotels and rooms ranging from inns and guesthouses to five-star hotels. The accommodations are mainly located in Caohai village, Dazshui village, Sanjia village, Lige village and Dazui village. If you have a fixed budget, it is recommended to live in local dwellings and experience local Mosuo’s customs. Here we list some of the accommodations for your reference.

Hotel Name

Rating

Add.

Tel.

Lijiang Lugu Lake Daughter States Hotel(丽江泸沽湖女儿国大酒店) 

3 star

Daluoshui Village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888 – 5881266

Lijiang Lugu Lake Nagu Hotel(丽江泸沽湖纳古大酒店)

 

3 star

Daluoshui Village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888 – 5881076

Valley Inn(宁蒗阿夏谷梦家园客栈)

3 star

Sanjia village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

15108864818

Lugu Lake Bishuiyuntian Inn(泸沽湖碧水云天客栈)

3 star

200 meters to the entrance of Sanjia village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, LIjiang

1309997618

Lige Holiday lnn(泸沽湖里格假日酒店)

3 star

Lige Bay, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, LIjiang

15708898820

Lugu Lakeside Apu Guest House(泸沽湖阿普驿馆)

3 star

In the middle of Lige village, Ninglang County, LIjiang

0888-5881366

Lugu Lake Mosuo Hotel(泸沽湖摩梭大酒店)

4 star

Daluoshui Village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

13988821439

Bai Ge Lian Diao Hotel(安驿客栈)

4 star

Crossroad of Daluoshui Village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

1810888712

Lugu Lake Biyunju Inn(泸沽湖碧云居客栈 )

4 star

Near Ninglu Road, Sanjia village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888-3011555

Qingfeng Yard(宁蒗彝族自治县泸沽湖清枫别院)

4 star

Near Ninglu Road, Sanjia village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

1886908708

Lige Half Insland, No.7 Inn(泸沽湖里格半岛7号客栈)

4 star

Near Lige Pier, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

1889599110

Traveller's house(泸沽湖旅行者之家)

4 star

Near intersection of Lige Half Island

0888-5881196

Comfort Home Hotel(良宿观景客栈)

5 star

No.5, Daluoshui New Village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

13980836403

Manidui Hotel(泸沽湖玛尼堆精品酒店 )

5 star

Daluoshui pier, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888-5881234

Ting Yuan Ge(泸沽湖庭缘阁店)

5 star

Daluoshui pier, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

18869083251

Yi cloud unadorned Hotel Lugu Lake(泸沽湖逸水云缦酒店)

5 star

Near S307, between Daluoshui village and Sanjia village

18288891866

Yonsamity Inn Lugu Lake()

5 star

No.4 Sanjia village, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

1318775972

Lu Gu Lake Qian Wang Hotel(泸沽湖里格半岛浅忘小筑  )

5 star

Lige Half Island, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888-5822400

Island Sunsine Holiday(泸沽湖里格半岛阳光会所)

5 star

Near Lige Pier, Lugu Lake, Ninglang County, Lijiang

0888-5881677,

15368608177

Useful Travel Tips

1. What to Pack

Lugu Lake is situated at 2690 meters high and ultraviolet ray is strong. The lowest temperature is 4 ℃ and the highest temperature is around 19 ℃ and the rainy months are from June to August. Sun-blocking scream and sunglasses are needed in four seasons. When visit in Summer, bring a light jacket and umbrella.

2. Accommodation

You are guaranteed to enjoy comfortable stay when visiting Lugu Lake. You can choose your accommodation from luxury hotels to budget but featured hostels. All the hotels and hostels are facing with Lugu Lake which means you can enjoy the lake scenery on the deck or in your room.

3. Food & Dining

Muosuo people offers you good meal and fine wine. You can try Preserved Pork, Roast Fish and Suluma Wine (low alcohol, taste sour and sweet with faint scent).

4.Be cautious about the “visiting marriage”

Know the rules and customs about “visiting marriage” and think again when someone shows his affection to you.