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Travel in the "South of the Clouds" III
2005-6-23 10:36:45     
This time CRI reporter enjoyed a lot of wine and songs in Puzhehei, the "kingdom of lakes" in Yunnan.

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Puzhehei, "a Lake Abundant in Fish and Shrimps"

The Puzhehei tourist region in Qiubei County in the southeast of Yunnan Province is a charming land boasting beautiful karst land formations, lakes and the unique cultures of the Zhuang, Miao, Yi and Bai ethnic groups living there.

Puzhehei, 11 km from Qiubei County, covering an area of 85 square km, is a basin scenic area with some 300 green isolated peaks fringing the banks of the lakes. Girls of the Zhuang ethnic group dressed in folk costumes which are adorned with jingling silver ornaments and embroidery, row little wooden boats and send visitors along the winding 21-km water corridor through Luoshuidong Lake, Puzhehei Lake and Xianren Lake. There are about 100 karst caves, most with two floors--a higher dry cave and a lower wet cave with an elevation of 1,450 meters.

Luoshuidong Lake is the first leg of the tour. Stretching 10 km from south to north, it is the deepest lake in the tourist region with an average depth of 4 meters, with the deepest point being 30 meters. Tourists can hear the Zhuang girls singing their love songs while sailing along with the current on the crystal water. The Yi and Miao live a peaceful life here.

The Puzhehei Lake, meaning "fish and shrimp pool" in the Yi language, is 2.5 km long, 300 meters wide and about 3 meters deep. In the area there are 51 isolated peaks with the village houses of red tiles scattered on the sides. Living in the houses are 3,000 Yi people. Their traditional festivals are the "Dragon Sacrifice" and the "Torch Festival". Mount Dalong, 109 meters above the water level, is located to the southwest of the lake, and eight karst caves link each other at the foot of it. A lotus pool with an area of 300 hectares, stretching 5 km, reflects forests on the hills, presenting scenery of exceptional charm.

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Travel in the "South of the Clouds" I: Kunming, the Spring City
Travel in the "South of the Clouds" II: Eastern Yunnan
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