Lu Gu Lake (脃猣打)
also known as Women's Kingdom (

Difficulty: NA

Last Visit: 23-24 July 2009


Lake Lu Gu 脃猣打
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Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake lies 200 kilometers (approximately 124 miles) from the center of Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang (圭悻) County in Yunnan (冻玭) Province and Yanyuan (餝方) County in Sichuan () Province. The lake is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan. Being located in a remote place, the lake is not accessible by rail, water and flights. You could only reach this peaceful Lake by cars via 2 routes: (1) via Ninliang, Yunnan ;(2) via Yanyuan, Sichuan. Travel time is about 8-9 hours either way.

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 (集濒) who live there form a matriarchal society (ダ╰穦). There is no marriage. Men stay in the women's home as mates called 'Axia' (甃) 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. Women operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society, forming a modern day 'woman's kingdom' (ㄠ瓣), which adds mystique to this place.


Location 1: Lijiang

It is easy to hire a car or join a local tour in Lijiang Old City to Lugu Lake.

Lijiang 腞
Lijiang Old City

Lugu Lake
The route from Lijiang to Lugu Lake is rugged and full of twists and turns.

Location 2: Viewing Platform , Lugu Lake

Finally arrived the entrance of Lugu Lake after 7 hours of travelling.


Lugu Lake
The View outside the viewing platform

Location 3: You Gu, Lugu Lake

One of scenic spots, Axia You Gu


Location 4: Luo Shui, Lugu Lake

Pig Trough Boat (罺睫差) line up on the shore of the lake. They are the vehicle for transportation and delivery.

The peaceful lake

Mosuo people

On the way to Gemu Goddess Mountain

Li Ge Village

Li Ge Island

Location 6: Li Ge, Lugu Lake

Cableway to Gemu Goddess Mountain

Goddess Temple

Location 6: Lige Village, Lugu Lake

There are lots of inns in Lugu Lake

Roast suckling pig...

BBQ Clam

Looks delicious.... but actually the taste is just so-so

Night show (旰边穦)

Where are the ducks going?

The ducks are swimming in flocks.

Taking a boat pig-roung boat to Le Ge Island

Li Ge Island

knitting machine

Home Visit to Mosou People

Going to visit the eldest women in a Mosou family.
Mosou people will enter adulthood at age 13. Adult women will own a house called "Flower House" (加).

This wine is a welcome drink

What can you see in the picture? It is a preserved pork called zhupiaorou (睫建ψ). Mosuo people take out the organs from a pig, then press, preserve and dry it. The The zhupiaorou can be stored for years. Mosuo people eat zhupiaorou only on festivals and big events. The zhupiaorou in the picture has been stored in here for decades!