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Lashihai - Wenhai Watershed
Situated along the southeastern slopes of the towering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5500 meters) and surrounded by mountains on all sides, the diamond-shaped basin of Lashihai Watershed is a spectacular setting for exploring the intricate relationship between the abundant natural resources of this land and the people who live off it.
The watershed’s highland forests support a wide variation of plant and animal species, including protected raptors, forest wildlife, traditional medicinal plants and treasured fungi. In spring, the region’s famous rhododendrons – over 15 species -- burst into bloom, creating mountains of colorful flowers.
Lashihai - Wenhai Watershed is also home to a population of over
20,000 Naxi and Yi people living traditional rural lifestyles and dependent upon
the watershed’s resources for their livelihood. The Naxi culture
— predominant around both Lashihai and Wenhai lakes — generally remains very
traditional in its customs, music, dance, and architecture. Although hints of modernity are found in the growing numbers of solar
water heaters, tile doorways and biogas pits, the Naxi language is spoken, most
women wear traditional clothing, and traditional folk customs such as the Qilin
dance and Guqi
song are still intact.
This web site is a project of the Northwest Yunnan Ecotourism Association and has been developed to introduce you to unique ecotourism opportunities around Lijiang and beyond. By developing and promoting ecotourism in Northwest Yunnan, our goal is to support environmental protection, preserve the areas’ diverse cultural heritage and contribute to community development. Read more about this project.
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