Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, 'sea shaped like an ear', in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named.
Peaceful Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake Pictures
Erhai Lake, Dali
Erhai, the second largest lake in Yunnan

The Erhai Lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers (96 square miles) and is located about two kilometers (1.2 miles) east of Dali. It is like a crescent lying between Cangshan and Dali city as seen from Cangshan Mountain. In a sunny day, the crystal waters of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Cangshan Mount radiate with each other. Thus the scene was commonly described as 'Silver Cangshan and Jade Erhai'.The surrounding islands, temples and villages are worth visiting too.

 

Erhai Lake Map
Erhai Lake Map

Golden Shuttle Island (Jinsuo Dao), and the nearby fishing community of Bai Minority do really deserve a visit with its attractive Bai culture and lifestyle, and because of the rare beauty of Erhai Lake and its surrounding scenery.


The most unforgettable Xiaoputuo Dao, originally devoted to Bodhisattva Kwan-yin, can be traced back to the 15th century. Though tiny and called xiao (which means small in Chinese), one can still experience and see the typical ancient Chinese Buddhist temple's unique architectural styles of its buildings' pointed eaves and decorations on this peninsular.


To give the people and tourists alike the convenience of watching the lake, Erhai Lake Park was built. In spring, the place is transformed into a wonderland of flowers like camellias, azaleas and primrose, and abundant exotic trees.

It's quite popular to take an Erhai Lake Cruise to enjoy the scenery, and there are three wharfs around the lake to embark.
island on the lake
One of many island on the Lake
Vast Erhai Lake
Fishing in the lake

Erhai Lake Cruise

Wharf Ticket Fare Time
Daligang Wharf CNY 143 9:00
Longkan Wharf CNY 142 10:00
Taoyuan Wharf CNY 142 13:30
 

How to get to Erhai Lake from Dali Ancient City

1. Take a taxi and the fare is around CNY 10.
2. Rent a bike or electric bike to the lake area.
Entrance Fee for free (Erhai Park)
CNY 30 (Resource Protection Fare)
Recommended
Time for a Visit
40 minutes
Opening Hours All day

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- Last modified on Sep. 21, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Erhai Lake
Asked by HANICK | May. 21, 2018 11:49Reply
Hello, can I swimm in the lake? And is there any really good place to swimm?
We will be in Dali around 13th of June and our plan is to rent a bike and bike around the lake (which direction is the easier to choose, clockwise or?) and also have a little swimm in the see. I expect the water to be around 17C to it is quite good. Yeah and please, can you tell me where and for how much can we rent a proper bike wich derailleur? Thank you in advance for all the answers!! Cheers, Hana, Czech republic
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Answered by William from AUSTRALIA | May. 24, 2018 20:52
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Yes, clockwise is better because there are not many uphill roads. You can rent one in Dali city or some hotels near the gate of the lake. The fare is about CNY 20 to CNY 30, but the deposit of CNY 300 is necessary.

Many people choose to swim in Haixin Pavilion of the Guanshan Park of the lake. The temperature may be 15 - 18 C at noon in June.
Answered by HANICK | May. 26, 2018 04:03
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Thank you a lot, this is really helpful information to me! Have a nice day, Hana
Asked by Ralph from MSIA | Dec. 13, 2017 20:20Reply
Hi..is it possible for us to visit Er Hai Lake from Dali Old Town?
Any public transportation to Erhai Lake? Please advise. Thanks!
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Answered by Selina from FINLAND | Dec. 14, 2017 19:38
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Of course you can pay a visit to the lake from the town. Take Bus 8 to Xinhua Shudian and transfer to Bus 22. Get off at Erhai Gongyuan. It takes about 50 minutes, by the way.
Asked by Kanny from VIETNAM | Mar. 16, 2017 01:10Reply
Which is most beautiful part of Erhai Lake that you recommend?
Since the lake is too large and we have limited time to go around.
Thanks
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Answered by Daniel from CANADA | Mar. 17, 2017 01:36
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You are advised to tour around the southeast part. This part includes major attractions including Erhai Park, Haidong, Xiaoputuo Island, Tianjingge and Shuanglang. Have a nice trip!
Asked by EK from THAILAND | Dec. 03, 2016 12:45Reply
From Erhai Park, how to go to Dali Old Town?
1) Is there a direct bus?
2) How much is the fare if we take a taxi?
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Answered by Diana from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 03, 2016 21:09
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Hello, the park is quite large. I am wondering if you are staying near Caicun Dock or Shuanglang. For the former, you can take bus no. C2 to the old town, and it will cost CNY20 by cab. While if you mean Shuanglang, the considered best site to enjoy the park, you can take the direct bus from Shuanglang Old Town to get back and it takes around an hour. The taxi fare can be CNY200 or around.
Asked by nuttbaa from THAILAND | Oct. 30, 2016 00:34Reply
Can I walk from Dali Ancient Old Town to Erhai Park?
How can I walk there? what the gate that I have to exit from? If I can't walk, how can go? and Does it have restaurant or cafe at the park?
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Answered by Josey from SPAIN | Oct. 30, 2016 02:00
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Yes, you can walk there from the old town and it may take 40min or so. You may leave from the south gate. If taking bus, take bus no. C2 from the South Gate of the Town and get off at Caicun Dock. Then walk to the lake within 10min. If going to Shuanglang Town to view the nice lake, I suggest you rent a car which costs around CNY80. Near Shuanglang you can find cafe or resto.
Answered by nuttbaa from THAILAND | Oct. 30, 2016 05:28
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thank you!
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