Lake Erhai and its islands
Review of- Review updated on 22 septembre 2023
The little Putuo is an island composed by limestone. Because of its round seal shape, Chinese named here as “hai-yin”, literally translated as “seal of the sea”. It is legendized there were always some storms and big waves appear because of the flood dragon stay around the Erhai Lake; while the Guanyin (Goddess of Buddha) make use of this “seal” to control the dragon. Fishermen who lived around the little Putuo then build up this 2-story pavilion on the small island and consecrate the statue of Guanyin, which is the reason why people also named the Little Putuo as “Guanyin Ge” (Guanyin Pavilion).On the East of the Little Putuo, there is a natural harbor named “Baishiqu” close-by the Erhai shore. The villagers lived around the harbor are mainly Bai minority people. Today, they are still keeping their Bai minority traditional customs. Occasionally you can see some villagers reach the island by swimming since the distance between the village and Little Putuo Island is just 130 meters.
Cruise on the lake
It is possible to cruise on Lake Erhai, in large collective boats, which stop on the central islands of the lake. Departure from the west shore of the lake.
If it was possible to experiment with traditional cormorant fishing on Lake Erhai, especially from the village of Xizhou, this is now forbidden since 2016, due to a limitation of fishing on the lake decided by local authorities to conserve existing species, some of which are endangered.