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... the Old Town. The largest ethnic group here is the Naxi people and their traditional medicine man is called a “dongba”. Like we have seen in other tribal areas, this tradition is declining rapidly, and there are only 15 dongbas still alive today. We met with one of them, who still writes using the traditional Naxi pictograph language, which is very unusual and beautiful.
We had a very nice surprise stop at a local foot massage spa, ...
... is primarily a matriarchal society. The men focus on spending time at home, raising the kids and are also musicians, artisans and are more leisure-oriented.
We have a beautiful six room villa at the Banyan Tree Lijang, which is a great resort. Dinner was in a wonderful restaurant, overlooking the large pond and pagoda, with the rugged snow-capped peaks providing a spectacular backdrop.
We are excited to explore our new surroundings tomorrow! ...
- Fly Xian to Lijiang - difficult to find hostel
- nap in the hostel
- walk around town - way confusing and touristy - narrow streets and shop
- set up transport to Tiger leaping Gorge at hostel - very easy! Glad I reserved! And they take your main bag to the end where you can pick it up and not back track!
- The food is great in Lijiang, but other than that, bars and touristy nicknacks, unless you pay $$$ to get out to the outlying ...
... they would have some empty dorms, as we didn't book ahead. We were lucky and got a big 4 person dorm just for us 4 with huge beds and lockers on the first floor (for just 30yuan p.P.). We even had a view over the roofs of the old town and down into the very relaxing courtyard of the hostel.
We then booked our train ticket back to Kunming at the reception, which was really easy, and only we payed a small commission on top of the normal train ticket ...
... villages... But we got lost in the streets of this wonderful city of Lijiang ! Actually it looks sooo much nicer in the morning, when all the shops are close and no Chinese tourists in the streets..
Then, we take the bikes and head to the upper valley, where a huge mountain dominates all this hot and dry valley... A beauty that we could only imagine by its wonderful pictures, while it was always in the clouds.
The next village, ...
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