Erhai Lake is a 400 sq km stretch of water which
dominates the landscape around Dali. The lake is an important source
of fish for the local people. The lake can be explored by foot or
by hiring a boat to visit the islands and sights along the shore.
Xiao Putuo Dao is a small island and home to a 15th century temple
dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin.
Other sights include Tianjing Pavilion and Sea
Island. Wase Market is held every 5 days and is a good opportunity
to combine a unique shopping experience in this lively Bai market
on the shores of Erhai with a trip around the lake.