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Travel Blogs from Lijiang
After leaving Tiger Leaping Gorge we headed to Lijiang. Most of the people who live in Lijiang belong to the Naxi ethnic group. Although we stayed in the ancient part of the village, it felt more like an amusement park than an ancient city. The streets are lined with old buildings that house store after store or street food vendor after street food vendor. All the food was much more expensive than any of the other places we had been ...
... used long before that as one of the key stops on the ancient tea-horse route to Tibet and India. We were told the village is also a popular spot for filming period Chinese films. We are staying in a local families guesthouse that has basic amenities, amazing food, and a beautiful courtyard. After lunch we walked around the old town and through the local ...
... s claim to fame is that Joseph Rock, a botanist based himself there from 1921 to 1949 and wrote extensively about the area. His articles led to James Hilton writing Lost Horizon and beginning the legend of Shangrila. After a few stops to take pictures of Lijiang from above we arrived at Baisha to visit the Dabaoji temple. In its grounds is 500 year old tamarisk tree. The halls of the temple are decorated ...
This was mainly a relaxing day as all we did was have some lunch and then walk up to this cafe that looks out over the old town before we were aloud to walk around the town and find some dinner ourselves before meeting back at the hotel.
A group of us would sit in the courtyard playing cards until it was time to go to our rooms and get some rest for a busy day the next ...
... with their little girl. We approached them to ask about getting a driver and they began making phone calls for us. We were told to wait up in our room until they got a call back. We were hopeful!
Sure enough, a driver was found and we were told they’d be here for a 4.30am pickup.
We headed back out to finish our shopping where we got the last of the presents for family and ...
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