2013 - Shangri-La the last frontier day 13, 14

Backpacking Adventure to ShangriLa China the Last Frontier
30 March to 23 April 2013 (25 days)

the 8 hours of 285km bus journey up the mountain

Day 13 (11.04.2013) Xichang (西昌) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) 285km

The train arrived Xichang at 6.30am and we took 3 taxis to the bus station to buy our ticket for Lugu Lake departing at 8.40am. It was a long bus journey of 8 hours up the winding mountain road to reach Lugu Lake at the height of 2,690m. Had dinner in our Wind’s guesthouse and went to bed early. The night temperature was cold at 3c.

Sleeping: Wind’s Guesthouse (湖畔宾馆) in "Caohai" water area of Lugu Lake
the bus ride covers 285km journey in 8 hours and goes up and down 2 mountains and curves along the Golden River

the bus was moving slowly along a tight dirt road during a construction area and the landslide repair

Sleeping here at Wind’s Guesthouse (湖畔宾馆) in "Caohai" water area of Lugu Lake

our hostel is wooden structured, built in the Mousuo style with a large courtyard, contains 27rooms, and two wooden viewing terraces with flowers

this is the Caohai Wet Land - Lugu Lake is made up of "Lianghai" and "Caohai" water area

with an area of 58 sq.km. Caohai wet land is a national key plateau wet land under protection by the state council

these boats are for hire and one can use it to row into the wilderness of the Caohai Wet Land area

waiting for dinner at the guesthouse

Day 14 (12.04.2013) Lugu Lake - cycling around Lugu Lake

After breakfast at a nearby restaurant, we rented bicycles (Y15 each) from our guesthouse and cycled around the lake. We stopped in all the scenic spots to take photographs. The night temperature was cold at 4c. Sleeping: Wind’s Guesthouse (湖畔宾馆) in Lugu Lake

the morning walk along the road to a nearby restaurant for breakfast

the four lovely geese in front of our Wind's Guesthouse

lovely flowers grown in front of our Wind's Guesthouse

another view of the Caohai Wet Land

the tourist boats for hire at the jetty in front of our guesthouse

Lugu Lake is the native place of "The Females' Kingdom" composed of the Mosuo people, a branch of the Naxi nationality who still live in a matriarchal society that is where women rule

Lee Kam Boon getting some warm with the Mosuo people

we rented bicycles (Y15 each) from our guesthouse and cycled around the lake

our first stop was this 300m "Walking Marriage Bridge"

connecting two banks of the lake

a Chinese tourist putting on the Mosuo dress for photo shoot
the panoramic view of the Caohai Wet Land

Kam Boon and I trying our the row boat

the boatman taking a nap on his boat

we met a Chinese cyclist on the bridge

the hawkers along the path to the bridge

we had very good corn pancake for lunch here

the very old Lama Temple beside the bridge

the Mosuo ladies walking around in Zuosuo Town

the Mosuo lady in traditional dress smoking a pipe seen in Zuosuo Town
the Mosuo lady have been isolated in the valley and retain more ancient traditions 
and customs than the other people around them
Conventional marriage is an unknown phenomenon. A Musuo woman can invite a man to the home and he will leave for his own home at dawn. Men have no material responsibility towards their children but care for the children of their sisters. A woman may change partners and it is not looked upon as promiscuity but many relationships last a lifetime.
the wide road to Mukua town and at the back is the Holy Gemu Mountain or Lion Mountain

the lake water flows eastwards to the Yalong River and finally into the surging Jingshajiang River

the Lover's Beach on the right

that is the beautiful small Dazui Island - in total there are five islands

we are standing at Dazui Town water front area

another view of Dazui Island

one can take the row boat to the small Dazui Island

the is the small Dazui Town

taking some photos with the local who were barbecuing some chickens

domestic pig roaming all over the town

farmers collecting fire wood

these are beautiful apple flowers seen in the apple farms along the road

these are pine tree fruits

we cycled west to this Luo'Ao bay at the end of the road from our guesthouse

another view of Luo'Ao bay as we cycled up the hill

after a few hours we were rewarded with a bird's eye view of the entire area as we wandered up into the forested hills

that is the Liwubi Island

an atmosphere of incredible serenity as we cycled up the mountain looking down at the pavilion

Bernard and I taking a break at the pavilion

fabulous scene on the lake water with great reflection of an arrow on the water

that is the Liwubi Island

a closed up view of the Liwubi Island

Total Grand Per Pax

13 a. 3 taxi - Xichang train stn to Luguhu bus stn 30 x 3 90.00

b. Bus - Xichang to Luguhu + insurance 82 x 10 820.00

c. B'fast (opposite Luguhu bus stn) 44.00

d. Bread 12.00

e. Entrance fee - Luguhu (3 x 40)+(7 x 80) 680.00

f. Room- Wind's GH of Luguhu 416.00

g. dinner 162.00

2,224.00 222.40

14 a. Room- Wind's GH of Luguhu 416.00

b. B'fast 90.00

c. Dinner 260.00

766.00 76.60

click below:
Day 01 (30.03.2013) AirAsia D7-320: K. Lumpur to Chengdu (成都), Sichuan (四川)
Day 02 (31.03.2013) Chengdu to Hailuogou (海螺沟) (296km/7.5hrs bus)
Day 03 (01.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Red rocks @ Swallow Gully (燕子沟)
Day 04 (02.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Luding (泸定) Kangding (康定) to Xinduqiao (新都桥)
Day 05 (03.04.2013) Xinduqiao (新都桥) to Danba (丹巴) Land of thousand watchtowers

Day 06 (04.04.2013) Danba – day trip to Jiaju Tibetan Village "the most beautiful ethnic town
Day 07 (05.04.2013) Danba (丹巴) – staying in Jiaju Village
Day 08 (06.04.2013) Jiaju Village (甲居藏寨) to Xiaojin (小金) to Rilong (日隆)
Day 09 (07.04.2013) trekking up Changpinggou (长砰沟) middle gully of Siguniang (四姑娘山)
Day 10 (08.04.2013) Rilong (日隆) to Chengdu (成都)

Day 11 (09.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) day trip to Huanglongxi (黄龙寺)
Day 12 (10.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) to Xichang (西昌)
Day 13 (11.04.2013) Xichang (西昌) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 14 (12.04.2013) Lugu Lake - cycling around Lugu Lake
Day 15 (13.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 16 (14.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江)
Day 17 (15.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Shangri-La (香格里拉) (Zhongdian (中甸)
Day 18 (16.04.2013) Shangri-La (Zhongdian) - day trip to Potatso National Park
Day 19 (17.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) / Bai Shui Tai terrace waterfall(白水台)
Day 20 (18.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 21 (19.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 22 (20.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Xichang (西昌) to Chengdu (成都)
Day 23 (21.04.2013) Chengdu
Day 24 (22.04.2013) D7-327 Chengdu to K. Lumpur (2355 – 0430)
Day 25 (23.04.2013) 25 23/04 Arrival K. Lumpur: 0430 hrs

      RMB        RM
Total Costs per person excluding Air fare    4,664.15      2,360.06

Return Airfare per pax incl. insurance, meals   1,632.41    826.00 

Total Cost Per Pax incl. of Airfare    6,296.56 3,186.06


  1. The Musuo tribal practice of matriarchal society has been a legendary tale among weary travellers. Any of you fellas tried it out at Lugu Lake? It's gonna be a astounding experience.
    The 走婚桥 probably assists the practice. Nice to cycle there around the Lugu Lake, so exalting ride. Wind's Guesthouse is clean looking; much to the delight of the lady folks. But it took you fellas 8 hrs for a 285km journey to be there was really unbearable.
    Good photo-shot location at Caohai is splendid. With serenity and placid ambience, the mirror images stand testimonial to any passionate photographic buff. Two small forlorn boats with the small island at the backdrop cast a rare chance to capture the perspective of the pic taken by NB. Wondering pigs strolled along the town road-quite a sight. Wish to witness such scene in Malaysian villages.

    Alan K.

  2. Doreen Khoo Cheng Sim25 July, 2013

    Thanks for sharing. The view of the mountains is really spectacular. Can consult you next time I decide to go on similar route.

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