Golden Shuttle Island
(Golden Shuttle Island), also called the Island of the Sea, lies
in the southeast part of Erhai Lake and stands far apart opposite
the Erhai Park at a distance. Lying 13 km. away from Xiaguan Harbour,
it is one of the scenic spots for a boat ride in the lake. The island
is 1,500 metres in length and 20 m. to 500 m. in width. The west
is wide and the middle is narrow, so it looks like a shuttle or
floating calabash, hence its name. The island is full of caverns
and precipitious cliffs. The "Annals of Yunnan" by Fan
Zhuo, a historian, recorded that: "The island lies in the centre
of the lake, and is embraced by water on the four sides. It was
cool and comfortable in summer, and was a summer resort of the royal
family of Nanzhao Kingdom." The island is inhabited by the
Bai people whose professions are fishing and water transportation.
Rocks are used in building their walls and grey-coloured bricks
are dominantly used in building their houses. In front of the gate
there is a screen wall. The courtyard, decorated with trees and
flowers, gives a graceful atmosphere. The island commands a wide
view of the lake with Cangshan Mountain as the beautiful background.
It is on the island that one can taste the flavour of "fresh
fish cooked in fresh water" in the style of the Bai nationality.