The Goddess Hole

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lion Mountain, (sometimes called Gemu Mountain for the goddess that inhabits the cave) on the east side of Lugu Lake, is approximately 3,700 m tall. On the Yunnan side of Lugu Lake you will see a sign advertising for the Goddess Hole. Translated completely awkwardly, this sign actually is advertising for the cave on Lion Mountain. You can take a cable car (ski-lift) part of the way up Lion Mountain to a cave where the Gemu Goddess is rumored to live. It cost 50 RMB (about 8 USD) each to enter the Goddess Hole Park and ride the ski lift.

After disembarking from the cable car you walk up a series of steps that lead you to a Buddhist temple that features images of the Gemu Goddess. You can also enter the Gemu Goddess Cave, which really surprised me with how big it was. The best part of visiting the Gemu Goddess Cave were the monkeys roaming the area. Yup, Yunnan is so awesome that it has monkeys.

A village in lugu Lake

Walking to Lion Mountain

A view of Lugu Lake

A view of Lion Mountain at Lugu Lake
Lion Mountain behind the clouds

A sign to enter the Goddess Hole Ropeway
 Entering the cave where the Gemu Goddess lives

The stairs up part of Lion Mountain

Two Monkeys together

Monkeys in twisted trees
 Monkeys in twisted trees at lugu lake

A monkey with the best view of lugu lake
That monkey has the best view

Would you ride a ski lift up Lion Mountain?


  1. I really like the photo of the meadowy bit plus the lake! x

  2. I love that third photo, of the lake! Gorgeous. And what a great cave name :)

    1. Thank you! It was an easy place to take photos.

  3. those views don't even look real! absolutely incredible!!

  4. for that view? I absolutely would!! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

    1. The view is so worth it. It was amazing there!