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Himalaya

Day 80: Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake, China 
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In the unfinished shell of Namu's Museum. I talk to the biggest influence on her life. Her mother.
Michael Palin - HimalayaWe're whisked away to a nearby promontory, rising a few hundred feet above the lake. Here, looking like a half-built millionaire's home in California, is Namu's latest contribution to the Lugu Lake property boom, her own half-built museum.

She talks vaguely in terms of some sort of Mosuo cultural centre, but as we step carefully over pipes and piles of dust and rubble I get the distinct impression that this is a museum of Namu.

She waves towards a substantial three-sided space.

'I'm going to put the translations of all my books from all over the world here.'

'That's huge, Namu. That makes the British Library look like a newspaper shop.'

But she has already moved on.

'And this is my kitchen.'

She enthuses about work spaces and artists in residence, and 'rooms for my best friends'. On a terrace outside we look down on the concrete shell of a swimming pool.

'That's the most beautiful view on the lake,' she says, and it certainly is a glorious position, out there with the mountains beyond and small, wooded islets rising out of shimmering, silver-blue waters.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 80: Lugu Lake
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Lugu Lake
  • Book page no: 188

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