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Signature of Lugu Lake: Walking Marriage Bridge

By Li Yang ( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2014-12-23

The Walking Marriage Bridge, located in Lugu Lake, at the boundary of Southwest China's Sichuan province and Yunnan province, is a signature architecture of Lugu Lake that represents the walking marriage culture of the region. It is a must-see attraction if you visit Lugu Lake.

People call Lugu Lake a women's land. It has the tradition of zouhun - walking marriage - that makes this community marketable as a lakeside love haven. Mosuo people do not formally marry. Rather, they carry a special "walking marriage" custom. A man and a woman can get to know each other by singing love songs or contacting each other in daily life activities. If they fall in love, the woman might give the man a scarf woven by her as a gift. When night falls, the man will visit his lover's house with a piece of fat meat. When he arrives in front of the woman's house, he will throw the meat to the dog to eat so that it won't warn people of his arrival. Then he will go into the woman's house through the window. Before dawn, the man will leave the woman's house. If the two still want to keep in touch, the man can come again.

If you come and have a walk on the Walking Marriage Bridge, please remember not to walk to the end of the bridge, because it means that your marriage will come to an end soon.

There are two walking marriage bridges. But one of them has been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. The bridge that tourists visit today is a newly-built wooden bridge spanning 300 meters.

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