Lying in the north of Jiangchuan
County in Yunnan Province, the Xingyun Lake (Nebula Lake) and the Fuxian Lake
are separated by a mountain and linked by a river. Commonly known as the
Jiangchuan Sea, the Xingyun Lake is 1 meter higher than the Fuxian Lake. It
covers an area of 35 square kilometers and is 10 meters at the deepest. The
water in the Xingyun Lake is green and clear. When night comes, the invert
reflections of numerous stars shining in the water look like nebulas, hence the
name Nebula Lake.
The Xingyun Lake has many hot springs, such
as the Luozhipu Hot-spring located in Zhaojiawan on the east, and the Haixicun
Hot-spring and Shuangjing Hot-spring on the west. From north to south, 5 springs
lie in a line. A peculiar thing is that the temperature of these springs is
increasing from the north one to the south one, with a total difference of 8 to
9 C. These hot springs are ideal bathing places as well as rest and recuperate
resorts along the Xingyun Lake.
Many ancient buildings are built on
the lakeside, such as the Jinjiake Pavilion and the Wenxing Pavilion. Located at
the Zaojie Village, the Jinjiake Pavilion is 20 meters high. It was built in the
18th year (1838) of the Daoguang reign in the Qing Dynasty
(1644-1911), and has a unique style, just like a pen cutting into the blue sky.
The Wenxing Pavilion was built in the 19th year (1839) of the
Daoguang reign. The wooden-structure pavilion has a fine design with 36 columns.
Standing on the pavilion, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful
The Xingyun Lake is a nourishing lake,
perfect for the development of aquiculture. It is also one of the earliest lakes
to breed fish by a special department in Yunnan Province. The Xingyun Lake is
abundant in Jiangchuan cod, a famous species in China, and whitebait. The cod
fish has a big head and delicious flesh while the whitebait is also very tasty.
Both kinds of fish sell well both at home and abroad.