Posts Tagged ‘Lugu Lake’

lugu-lake-06When we were in Lugu Lake (瀘沽湖), we didn’t stay in the very-touristy Lashui (落水), but in Lige (里格). Lige has only been redeveloped since the end of 2005, hence, all of the guesthouses there are very new.

All are newly built guesthouses. Because the government wants to keep the Mosuo (摩梭族) culture alive, it restricts all guesthouses to be built only in Mosuo architecture style.

When all the guesthouses look so much alike, one by one standing next to each other, tourists can’t really tell the difference when they first get to the town. When the hardware is very much the same, it is the software that counts. When the guesthouses look very much the same, with rooms charging closely to the market price, it is the customer service of the guesthouses that can make the difference.

And I think Luguoyizhan (路過憶棧), the guesthouse we stayed in Lige, understands this very well. 🙂 The guesthouse is mainly managed by two people. Both of them are very friendly, and always do their best to accommodate their customers’ needs.


This is 葉大媽, a straight-forward and righteous woman who thinks that charging customers more than the market price is a terrible thing to do.

When she learnt that Yik and I got over-charged by our driver for a Naxi home visit, she got very upset with the driver, as if the driver was a wicked villain who had committed some ugly sins. But for us, while getting ripped-off wasn’t something worth celebrating, we were happy that we got over-charged by just 20 rmb, an affordable lesson which we have learned much from. 😀


Instead of ordering from the menu, we went straight into the kitchen, checked out what fresh food they had for the day, and decided on our order.


Dinner time!


free internet for its customers, all with LCD monitor too 8)

lugu-lake-03 business card of Luguoyizhan


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Lugu Lake (瀘沽湖) is situated in the Sichuan-Yunnan provincial border, about 300 kilometers northeast of Lijiang, at the altitude of 2600m. The area is inhabited by the Mosuo tribe (摩梭族), a branch of the Naxi tribe (纳西族). Lugu Lake has the nickname of “Women’s Kingdom” (女兒國) as it is one of the few matriarchies which still exist in China today.

In Mosuo tribe, there is neither economic nor legal binding between man and woman. The Mosuo women are the master of the family and their husbands are more like occasional visitors of the family. Both men and women continue to live with in their mother’s home even when they have children.

Sex appeals. Today, Lugu Lake has become a chic tourist destination. Many tourists are attracted by Mosuo culture and custom, especially the custom called “Walking Marriage” (走婚習俗), which is probably the most famous, yet most misunderstood aspect of Mosuo culture.

Here I found a good page describing the culture of the Naxi tribe and Mosuo tribe describing the culture of the Naxi tribe and Mosuo tribe.  It doesn’t only talk about the traditional customs, but also how are they affected by the modern world today.  Sorry, it’s only in Chinese.

And here is a pretty good video on youtube about the Mosuo tribe, narrated in English.

Mosuo Women - YouTube

Mosuo Women - YouTube

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