With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. As it shapes like an ear, and wave like a sea, the locals named it 'Erhai' - Ear Sea in Chinese language. 2 km east of Dali, the lake encompasses an area of 250 square kilometers, with 40 km long from south to north, 7-9 km wide from east to west. Its circumference reaches 116 km, its average depth is of 11 m and the total storage capacity of 2.5 billion m³.
There are three major islands in the lake: Jinsuo, Chiwen and Yuji. Some Buddhist temples and villages are dotted in and around the lake, which are worth a visit. The fishing village of Bai Minority provides you a vivid experience of attractive Bai culture and lifestyle. The local farmers still adopt their traditional fishing skill - cormorant fishing. Tourists can take a boat cruise in Erhai Lake, or more adventure ones may rent a bike to go around it.
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