The famous Eighteen bends on the way to Lugu lake
Lugu lake is a plateau lake that located at the boarder of Yunnan and Sichuan. The water is clear and cold.
Before the trip, we found many information about Lugu lake. Musuo people and the matriarchal society were the things attracted us the most. Some websites said something misled us to think that "Musuo people 's love relationship are in a terrible mess" and "Most of the Musuo people don't even know who is their father." Those were proven to be wrong after we talked to the real Musuo people.
The bus from Lijiang to Lugu lake only leave in the early morning becuase it takes 6 to 7 hours to get there and the road on the mountain has no light and sign, which is not suitable for night driving.
The Musuo girl
Part of the road only allow one car to pass through, so the bus to and from Lugu lake are seriously planned and cannot be late. It was about 4:00pm when we arrived Lige (a peninsula in Lugu lake where away from the crowd of the tour and the heaven of backpacker).
We took the traditional canoes to travel the islands. Lugu lake has five islands but we have only been to two of them since they are more or less the same. An American scientist was lived in one of the island for many years becuase of the scenery of Lugu lake. The scene was beautiful but the most interesting part of the day was the conversation between us and the rower Musuo boy. We told the rower about what we think about Musuo people's relationship and he said we were totally wrong.
This is the case: If the Musuo people find someone they love, they approach that person (usually at the campfire which is their custom regular party) and the man sneak into the woman's home at mid night to..."know more about each other" (they called it "running marriage")...They will never get married even they love each other. If the woman pregnant, the baby will be taken care by the mother's family and for the baby's parent, they can choose to stay together "spiritually" or separate. Most of the Musuo people choose to be together "spiritually" but some of them separated and find the own lovers again. Although the fathers are not responsible for their kids, they still love their kids and meet them regularly, so they know who is their father. Except for the clarifying of the Musuo relation, we also asked the rower to sing the moving Musuo love song and how many woman's home he have been sneaked into:P. When we were back to the pier, he invited us to try running marriage! (That's crazy but thanks for the invitation!)