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Visit Lugu Lake and the Walking-Marriage Mosuo Ethnic Group
Lugu Lake of Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, is between Sichuan (2/3 in Sichuan) and Yunnan Province (1/3 in Yunnan), more than 300 kilometers to the Dayan Ancient Village, Yunnan. By the riverside of the beautiful Lugu Lake (Lugu Hu in Chinese), there lives Mosuo Ethnic Group, a branch of Naxi Nationality, the sole nationality still in the matriarchal society period. Since all the things are decided by female, the female of Mosuo Ethnic Group is more passionate and active than that of other places.
Unique Walking Marriage Custom
The Walking Marriage custom of Mosuo Nationality is the most peculiar and free marriage pattern in the world. To mark the transition to adulthood, grand ceremony is held when a girl reaches 12 or 13 years old. During the ceremony, the adult girl will don the turban and long white skirt (the dress for young woman). From then on, she can select the men she likes by her own and nobody shall interfere. Once the decision made, the girl will suggest him to visit her to her own separate room in privacy (the female is called "Azu" and male "Axia" then). There is no definite marriage relationship between Mosuo People: they do not marry or be married; no family is built. The relationship between male and female is only maintained by emotion. They live separately and can change their partner by themselves. The children will be raised by mother.
The Flower Chamber for Walking Marriage
Flower Chambers are provided for young Mosuo girls to meet their male guests in privacy. The flower chambers are made by delicate woods in traditional Diaojiaolou (house projecting over the water) style with red, yellow and blue as the main colors. The entrance of the building is sealed to keep other people from entering.
Lugu Lake-attracted right off
The three islands beside Lugu Lake were listed as scenic spots over 200 years ago. And the wonderful sceneries here are astonishing. You can also visit the Mosuo Village with hospitable Mosuo People. It is about 15 minutes from Mosuo Mountain Villa (Mosuo Shanzhuang) to the three islands by zhucao boat, or about 3 hours from Mosuo Home to the three islands by riding or on foot, during which you can appreciate the surrounding lake and mountain sceneries.
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