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Lugu Lake is in Yunnan/Sichuan of China.


A nice lake between Yunnan and Sichuan to relax one or two days. The area is protected from extensive development.

Get in

Mini vans or fleet buses from Lijiang, Yunnan or south Sichuan.


80RMB per head when entering the lake area. Students pay half price.

Get around


A tour in the traditional boats.

Cable car to the top of the most prominent mountain on the north side. There is a cave to visit and some mountain monkeys to see.

Hiking in the surrounding mountains.

Half of the road around the lake (Yunnan side) is paved and in not so good shape for bikes.


Local artcraft


Chinese/Tibetan/western food in many different places.



Many places all around the lake.

Lige is a small village on the north side of the lake with a great view on the lake. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants but not much else.

  • Padma Hotel, Lige, 08885822477, 15008787107, [1]. A very nice hotel in a quieter sectionw of Lige Village. Next to the water, with views in some of the rooms. The owners do not speak much English, but they are hospitable and the food is good and reasonably priced. The young woman who does most of the interaction with customers goes by the nickname Huiui. There is free breakfast and they give you good green tea for free if you sit in the lobby for a few minutes. Free wireless, but it is slow like the rest of the town. The best time to use the internet in Lige is early morning, 6--9 AM, when most people are asleep, because the whole town shares only a few connections. There may be live guitar music, and the owner sometimes takes guests on rowboat rides. Also, in China, if you chat with people they usually offer you beer and cigarettes. 220 RMB.


Not authorized in the lake area, but you can.

Get out

To Lijiang, 230km, 4/5 hours by bus or van.

You can catch the bus from Lige or Luoshui, the boat to Luoshui is 80RMB from Luowa Pier (where the Wetlands meet the Lake), to Lige a minivan is 120RMB/Van or a 7 hour 25km hike.

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