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  1. Nanzhao Folk Island,Dali

  2. Nanzhao Folk Island,Dali

Key Words: Nanzhao Love Island.

Location:in large Erhai Lake near the village Shuanglang.(大理洱海中,双廊村旁)


Nanzhao Folk Island is a tiny island in large Erhai Lake near the village Shuanglang. It is one of several islands and islets that dot the lake. It is also called Nanzhao Love Island. Its Chinese name is Nanzhao Fenqing Dao. It was turned into a Nanzhao theme park and resort complex in 1999. Before that, it was called Yuji Island. In the theme park, you can enjoy the sights of the lake and the surrounding region from the heights on the tree covered hill. There is also a small beach with white sand. The island is in the northeast part of Lake Erhai. Along with the natural trees and the lake for scenery, there are specially built attractions and a small amusement park. Nanzhao Folk Island is tiny, but it is big enough to have a big hotel sitting on the crest of the hill, a dock, some villas, and a park with trees. If you want to get away and relax in a villa or the hotel, it may be a place for you.

Nanzhao Folk Island in Dali


Along with the hill, trees, beach and the lake and surrounding mountains for scenery, there are eight man-made sites that are part of the Nanzhao theme park. These sites are the statues of "Mother Shayi" (Shayimu in Chinese), the Seascape Villas, the Guan Yin Acuoye Statue on the Luck of Yunnan Square (Fuxing Square), the big hotel called the Nanzhao Summer Palace, the Square of the Patron Gods, a small amusement park on the beach, the Taihu Rocks, and a View of Fishing Families.

 Nanzhao Folk Island in Dali

When you get off a boat at the dock, you see sculptures of the "Mother Shayi" (Shayimu) myth. In that story, a woman gave birth to a dragon's children. This was said to be the beginning of the Ailao people. A Chinese historian wrote more than one thousand years ago that the Nanzhao rulers claimed to be descended from the Ailao people.

 Nanzhao Folk Island in Dali

To the west of the statue of Shayimu is a statue of the Acarya Avalokitesvara or Guan Yin Acuoye.It stands in a square called the "Luck of Yunnan." This statue is 17.5 meters tall and is made of white marble. Near the statue is another group of statues.

At the top of the hill is the hotel called the Summer Palace. It looks kind of like a medieval European castle, except for the Chinese style rooftop. In front of the Summer Palace on the Nanzhao Folk Island, is a group of copper statues on Patron Gods Square. These represent five patron gods worshipped by Bai people. The Taihu Rocks are weathered boulders that Chinese put in gardens.

Tous including Nanzhao Folk Island

2 Days Dali Old Town and Erhai Lake Cruise Tour

2 Days Dali Climbing /Kayaking/Cycling Tour

1 Day Dali City Tour

Fascinating Attractions Nearby

Dali Ancient Town

The ancient city of Dali is one of Yunnan's most popular tourist destinations. It has historic sites, ancient buildings and temples, nearby beautiful Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, local crafts, and the "Foreigners' Street" with Western-style restaurants and bars and English-speaking business owners. 

The Three Pagodas and Chongsheng Monastery in Dali

The magnificent Chongsheng Temple and the well-known Three Pagodas are the symbol of Dali. Originally, the Chongsheng Temple was built in the time of Kingdom of Nanzhao in 10th century to be near the Dali Three Pagodas, so people call them "Chongsheng Temple and Three Pagodas". If you look at it from a distance, the pagodas are like three giant ballpoint pens breaking up the landscape of the never-ending mountains and emerald rice fields of Yunnan.

Admission Fee:¥50

Opening Hours:8:00-17:00

Attraction Transportation:By boat, Nanzhao Folk Island is about an hour away from modern Dali (Xiaguan). It is a few minutes away from the town of Shuanglang.

Attraction Travel Tips: 1.Negotiate about the price of a boat ride before you get in.
2.A good way to see the sights in the valley is by rented bicycle
3.The ancient district of Dali is a pedestrian area that is kept free of vehicles. 
4.If you to stay on the island, you can choose the villas or the hotel.

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