Cangshan and Erhai (Mount Cang and Lake Er)


According to local myth, Mount Cang was formed from a green dragon (cang means dark green in Chinese). Angry with her insubordination, the Heavenly Emperor of the East condemned her down to earth, forming the long winding Mount Cang, her ribs the 19 peaks, and the blood streams the 18 creeks flowing between the peaks into Lake Er.


In Lake Er lived a ferocious black dragon. He always stirred up devastating waves, destroying the boats, injuring the fishermen. Seeing this, the Heavenly Queen of the West threw down a gigantic gold basin with a heavy gold chain attached. The gold chain tangled on the neck of the black dragon, and dragged him deep down to the bottom of the lake, so that he cannot harm the people anymore. The gold basin became the bright moon in the lake.


However when the two dragons miss each other, their Qi will disturb the air, forming tens of kilometers of clouds along Mount Cang, and there will be heavy wind running along Lake Er. The locals call the clouds “Husband-Missing Cloud”, and one should avoid going on the lake when there is such clouds.



Sep, 2013, Dali, Yunnan, China

Shot with a Canon 6D + Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD / Canon 5DIII + Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L  IS II USM


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