Summer 2016. I visited with my brother and sister the Yunnan Province 云南省, China, for a week. It was the first time we would just go on a trip in the inner lands of China.
Our first stop was Shuanglang 双廊, on the banks of the Erhai Lake 洱海 (“the ear-shaped sea”).
Shuanglang: Work in progress
The first thing I noticed was how much roadworks there were on one section of the main road. This is pretty symptomatic of what happens to growing villages/cities, with a good touristic potential in China. The main road HuanHai Road 环海路 is where all the local inns (with a nice view on the lake), restaurants and shops opened and do business. I reckon that the road should be renovated by now and that there are even more people flocking there.
Secondly, all the tourists were Chinese people. I did not even see other Asian countries’ tourists.
Third, despite the renovation projects and the efforts made to develop the city, going to Shuanglang still felt quite authentic and raw. A few years ago, most people would have just stayed in a hotel in the biggest city around the lake, Dali 大理. Things have changed now. Young Chinese people/couples seek to have a good experience.
Local women working during the day
Erhai Lake: the good spots
You can definitely get a nice view of the Lake from Shuanglang 双廊. However it is nice to move around a bit and see the lake from other angles. Feel free to share your own spots!
Near Hewei Cun 河尾村
On the Nanzhao Amorous Island 南诏风情岛 (cheesy name I know)
Near Shangguan Park 上关花公园, Panorama above the Sky Dragon Temple 天龙寺
Next post will be on Dali 大理, which I mentioned several times already 🙂
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