Fuxian Lake Scenic Area
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-2
Introduction of the tourist spot:
The Fuxian Lake is a freshwater lake. The water of the lake is bluish green, and is rich in phosphor. The transparent depth is usually 4 to five meters, sometimes reaches 7 to 8 meters. Therefore, the water in Fuxian Lake is clear and transparent.
The natural environment around the lake has never experience great destroy. So until now, Fuxian Lake is still a lake that has never been contaminated in Yunan Province. It is not exaggerated to compare it to “boundless expansion of colored glazes” by the poets. The lake is a glittering and translucent bright pearl on the Yun-Gui Plateau. When the waves roll, the white spoondrifts look like successively blooming lotuses. And they also look like clusters of rolling silver chains. When there are no waves, the lake looks clear and green, like a bright mirror. The mountains at distance and waters nearby, together with the integrated continent and island make people feel completely relaxed, joyful and comfortable.
There prevails a legend about Fuxian Lake. It is said that two fairies descending to the world had passed through here. They were so reluctant to leave the beautiful scenery that they transfer to the stone statues stroking the shoulder. The lake was called Fuxian Lake (literally means Fairy Stroking Lake) therefrom.
The best time to travel in Fuxian Lake and Xingyun lake is from May to October every year. It is the hottest season in Yuxi. The purpose of traveling in Fuxian Lake and Xingyun Lake is to appreciate the beauty of plateau lakes.
Food: Chengjiang lotus root, more than 20 kinds of fishes in Fuxian Lake and stewed yam rice are all local special foods. Kanglang Fish is especially worth to mention. The fishermen like to put fresh Kanglang Fish in a copper pot with spring water. The fish is done when the temperature of the water rises. After ten to twenty minutes, it exhales a pleasant perfume. Then put various special seasonings to it. This dish tastes delicious and refreshing.
Scenic spots in the scenic area
Transportation: Take bus from Kunming East Bus Station.
The Luchong Village is on the west coast of Fuxian Lake, 19 kilometers away from Chengjiang County seat. There is a big cave named Luchong Cave in the south of the village. The water temperature of the underground spring is around 24 ℃ all the year round. It constantly empties into Fuxian Lake.
The Bijia Mountains locates in the north of the village. Three mountains stand like the three legs of the penholder. As a result, it is named as Bijia Mountains (literally means Penholder Mountains). The lake to the north of the Bijia Mountain is so calm that it is called Boxi Bay (literally means Calm Wave Bay). It is a good choice to come here to swim and carry out aquatic sports.
Tips: The swimming pool in the Bijia Mountain Villa is free for the guests inthis hotel.
Jieyu Stone (The Fish Boundary Stone)
Transportation: Take bus from Kunming East Bus Station to Jiangchuan. The ticket costs 17.5 yuan. Get down at Jiangcheng. The distance is about 92 km and it takes 2.5 hours. Then bus from Jiangcheng to Mingxing or Chengjiang. Get down at Jie Yu Shi. The distance is about 19 km and the ticket costs 2 yuan.
The Jieyu Stone locates in Haimen of Jiangchuan County, which is the water outlet of Xingyun Lake. There is a two kilometers long water channel where Xingyun Lake and Fuxian Lake connect named Ge River (literally means Separation River). Jieyu Stone is a jagged cliff stretch into the water. It is said that it is the boundary for the bullhead fish in the Xingyun Lake and Kanglang Fish in the Fuxian Lake. The fish which swim to the stone will return to their own territory.
Mingxing Scenic Area
Transportation: Take bus from Kunming East Bus Station to Jiangchuan. The ticket costs 17.5 yuan and it takes 2.5 hours. Get down at Jiangcheng. Then transfer the bus to Chengjiang. Get down at Mingxing. The ticket costs 3 yuan.
The Mingxing Scenic Area locates in the west coast of Fuxian Lake, where is a boundary for Jiangchuan County and Chengjiang County. It is 12 km away from Luchong. Biyun Mountain is about 100 meters in distance on the west side of the highway between Chengjiang and Jiangchun. Most of the buildings in the Biyun Temple, which is on the mountain, are in the Taoist ancient style. Every year, on the third day of the third month in the lunar calendar, Biyun Temple holds its temple fair.
Tips: There is a Mingxing Fish Cave 1.5 km north to the foot of Biyun Mountain. During March to September every year, when it is a main season for catching Kanglang Fish, you can taste the flavor dish, Stewed Fresh Fish in Copper Pot.
Mount Gushan Island (The Isolated Mountain Island)
Situated in the south of Fuxian Lake of Jiangchuan County, Mount Gushan Island is the only island in Fuxian Lake and covers an area of 60,000 square kilometers. It is close to Haimen Park in the south and faces Lianhua Peak (Lotus Peak) of Biyun Temple in the north. Every year, on the sixth day of the sixth month in the lunar calendar, people will go to Mount Gushan for the temple fair.
Tips: Tourists was able to go to Mount Gushan Island by motor boat from Jiangchuan Wharf. However, in order to keep the water quality in Fuxian Lake, all motor boats were forbidden to drive since August, 2004. So it has become difficult for tourists to go to Mount Gushan Island. It is said that a kind of water bicycle is popular in Fuxian Lake now (20 yuan per hour). It is cheap and environmental friendly. But the disadvantage is you can not travel far by it.
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How to Get There?
Take bus from Kunming Bus Station to Chengjiang County. It takes around 1.5 hours. After arriving at Chengjiang County, transfer bus to the Fuxian Lake. It costs 3 to 5 yuan.
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