Erhai Lake Ear-shaped sea

Erhai Lake Dali Yunnan
Erhai Lake remains etched in the memory of the travelers by its vastness and enchanting landscapes. Here, you may never tire of admiring the vast stretch of fresh water, which reflects the snowy mountains of Cangshan. A cruise on these crystal clear waters allows for the discovery of the fishermen of Bai ethnic village and the remnants of the people of the Kingdom of Nanzhao. The Three Course Tea Ceremony of Bai people offer a good overview of the traditions of this ethnic group.

Erhai Briefing

The Erhai Lake, which extends about 250 km² near Dali and 1,970 meters above sea level, is the seventh largest freshwater lake in China. Its name comes from its shape that looks like an ear, nestled in the valley of the Cangshan Mountain. Moreover, the snowy mountains reflected on the crystal clear waters of the Lake have earned a nickname, the "Silver Mountain floats on Jade Lake”. The plants and animals here are truly unique. The Lake produces an array of fish, so catching these varieties of fish can be a delightful activity for the Bai ethnic group in this region. In addition to the wonderful landscapes, rich cultural and historical relics can be found here. Even the local people are confirmed that this Lake and its surroundings are a special beauty. It is pleasant to spend the day around the Erhai Lake, or even several days.

Cruise on the Erhai Lake

Several ferries travel round-trip between the East and West of the lake shores to connect the small villages of the area. It is also possible to take boats and have a peaceful cruise on this huge lake and dwell on some of its islands. In general, the cruise makes a stop at Jinsuo Island so that visitors can visit a Bai fishing village and, you might see the cormorant birds fishing in the lake.

Three Course Tea Ceremony

During the Erhai cruise, it is recommended to enjoy the most famous Three Course Tea Ceremony in the region. In Chinese, it is called San Dao Cha. During this ceremony, the following tea will be served: a bitter tea, a sweet tea and tea of aftertaste finish. So the travellers can take part in one of the most important traditions of the Bai minority.

Folk Island of Nanzhao

In the 8th century, the region was under the influence of the King of Zhao in the South. The Nanzhao Kingdom was then founded, and it is still possible to admire some remnants of this time in the vicinity of the Erhai Lake. The folk island of Nanzhao, located in the north of Erhai Lake, is an important cultural site of the Bai people.

Varied Tours in Erhai

For hiker lovers, Erhai Lake is ideal destination for shore-time hiking. From Dali, it is possible to reach the Lake through a peaceful hiking of three-quarters of time or by bike in just 10 minutes.
Once in the small village of Caicun, if you do not want to take the ferry, an excursion tour is often laid out along the Lake on the opposite bank. This stretch represents almost 60 kilometers. The hiking involved will be impressive for visiting some of the most beautiful places of the province, such as the source of butterflies and local markets. It is in an enchanting landscape along the route that the ride follows.

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