4.5 based on 51 reviews
Qionghai Lake (aka, Qionghai Wetlands) is undergoing ecological restoration to stop the degradation of watersheds. The residents in the area are comprised of the Yi ethnic peoples of the Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Many are among the poorest in China.
Although the water looks clean and non-polluted, over the past 20 years, water quality has been deteriorating. Also, over the past 50 years, the water level has fallen by a staggering 3.4 metres. This is due largely to an increase of sediment, from soil erosion, on the lake floor.
4.5 based on 26 reviews
The mountain itself is not so interesting, although the view over the lake is nice. You can take the city bus to the foot of the Lu Shan and then its a very easy walk up to the Yi Slave Museum. The Museum has no entrance fee and it is quite nicely done with a lot of english explanations. I thought it was very interesting. A little bit further up the mountain begins the scenic area for which you have to pay 3Yuan. The monastery is quite large and nice, but for me the main attraction were definetly the wild monkey living on the mountain. There are a lot of them and they are used to visitors, so they are not shy at all. You can feed them some fruits or nuts from your hands and even get them to climb on your shoulder for a little bit of food. They are very funny and not aggresive at all. For me it was a great experience to be so close to these fascinating animals in the wild. I would defintely recommend it.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
This is a remarkably interesting museum in a great location. It's located about 1/4 of the way up LuShan mountain. If you are walking (a goo way to get up the mountain), the museum is a great place to take a little break and gt and excellent picture of the history of the Yi people of LiangShan. The exhibit are high quality, in English and Chinese. There are scenic areas to sit and relax with a view of Qiong Hai lake below. The museum is bigger that it seems at first. You can stroll through in a half hour or so, or you can really explore for a couple of hours. Free admission!
4 based on 23 reviews
The place is far from city one hour, transport very expensive.
Even though, arriving there we were informed that visitation is forbidden for foreigners.
Anyway, friends visited the place and said it has nothing else than towers, used to the launch of satellites and do not look like that.
I guess they are very simple structures just to support rocket standing while start.
Not to waste time in it !!!
4 based on 7 reviews
1. It's a high level garbage dump
2. People deliberately threw plastic bags and paper to the monkeys and laughed when they try to eat it...and some babies do
3. Vendors sell catapults which a few people use to have a go at the monkeys
4. There are racist games where you can shoot arrows at pictures of Japanese
4 based on 5 reviews
The location of this place was very remote. Just a 30-45 minute bus ride from Xichang city and you'll find yourself in an Yi Minority village within the heart of this location.
We stayed in a not so fantastic hotel (it was worth it for the night) for as little as 60¥ (for a 3 bed room) - so cheap!
We paid our entry fee - half price for students by the way - and entered the site at 4pm. We thought we were running late but the place really isn't that large and you can scale from one end to the other within 1 hour or less if you're quick enough.
The best thing about this day was climbing high enough to watch the sunset fall behind the Mountains. A surreal experience and no photography could capture that feeling.
4 based on 3 reviews
Although I enjoy looking at the buildings of China’s many ancient towns, I also like seeing its people. In Lizhou Ancient Town and many area villages, one can see that the people are very poor and live under extremely poor conditions. As my attached photos show, there are many very poor children, but seem to play happily, not knowing how many more fortunate of the world’s children live. During festive occasions, many Yi girls and others will dress in very elaborate, beautiful costumes. On the streets, Yi women will be offering to sell mountain fungi. Many of the younger adults have left to work in the industrialized cities, leaving behind young children in the care of grandparents. I saw a grandmother cutting her grandson’s hair.
Some of the young adults will be walking around with their mobile phones, and texting their friends. To the elderly, this is especially a hard time. Their world will soon disappear.
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