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The Golden Shuttle Island

The Golden Shuttle Island Travel Guide

Brief Introduction
The Golden Shuttle Island(Jinsuodao), also called the Island of the Sea, lies in the southeast part of Erhai Lake and stands far apart opposite the Erhai Park at a distance.

It lies 13 km away from Xiaguan Harbour and it is one of the scenic spots for a boat ride in the lake. The island is 1,500 meters in length and 20 meters to 500 meters in width. The west is wide and the middle is narrow, so it looks like a shuttle or floating calabash, hence its name.

There are a lot of caverns and precipitous cliffs in the island. The "Annals of Yunnan" by Fan Zhuo, a historian, recorded that: "The island lies in the center of the Erhai, and is embraced by water on the four sides. It was cool and comfortable in summer, and was a summer resort of the royal family of Nanzhao Kingdom."

The island is inhabited by the Bai people whose professions are fishing and water transportation. Rocks are used for building their walls and grey-coloured bricks are dominantly used for building their houses. In front of the gate there is a screen wall. The courtyard, decorated with trees and flowers, gives a graceful atmosphere.

The island commands a wide view of the lake with Cangshan Mountain as the beautiful background. It is on the island that one can taste the flavour of "fresh fish cooked in fresh water" in the style of the Bai nationality.


You can get there by boat from Erhai.

DCT Tips:

Recommended time for a visit: three hours.

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