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Today we visit the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge, apparently named after the tiger that escaped the hunters by leaping at the gorge's narrowest part. Breakfast is more relaxed as the rude Chinese appear to have head off early today. We are greeted by Sharon at the hotel. She presents Kate with a beautiful pink pashmina scarf as an early birthday present. Yesterday she asked Kate her favourite colour. She has been so thoughtful and kind. We head off for our ...
We have a relaxed start today, apart from the mass Chinese at breakfast piling their plates high. Ian gets rather annoyed after queuing for fried eggs when the man in front takes 4! It is like the last supper. This morning we head up towards the hills and the Jade Dragon mountain to visit two traditional villages inhabited by Naxi people. The drive is just stunning with different views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at every corner. First we head to Yuhu village. ...
... with grey tiles roofs containing homes, shops and stalls selling local produce, street food and tourist gifts (many selling the same collections, of trinkets, scarves, purses and handbags). Sharon buys us a snack to try, a 'Flower Tasty Snack', it is tastes like rose and is a cross between a biscuit and a cake. Tasty as the name suggests. Various streams with beautiful arched bridges run through the town providing the drinking water. Mountain water is clearly better ...
... traditional Chinese food.....quite nice, but I passed on the fish soup. Then a 2.5 hour drive back 'home' for a light pasta meal with Greek salad! Looking forward to that after all the Chinese food of the past week. Another good thing about being back at base camp is having nice clean European toilets. Boy am I sick of those squat toilets, but I must say, my aim is getting better ...
... br> Traditional music, costumes and dancing – really excellent
Finally, we depart for Baisha Village
But first, the obligatory stop at a few local workshops
We are expected to buy
And we purchase a tiny piece at an inflated price
But – we feel we are helping the local economy so go with the flow
Then to see batik/tye dye – beautiful but we pass on this