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... performance. We seat ourselves in our prime centre front row seats ready for the performance. We look around and can only see westerners, thank goodness we will not stick out. The musicians (mainly men and 2 women) proudly walk onto the stage all dressed in traditional Naxi gowns. The average age must be 75 plus, we cannot believe they do this performance every night. Half of the men look like Fu Man Chu with long grey pointed beards. One chap is rather scary ! ...
... Then, as we lie face down on the massage tables and the massage begins, his nose starts running. Badly! Must be a particular pressure point triggered by the Shiatsu massage! The massage is great, just what we both needed after a number of days walking. Our legs never seem to have recovered from the 3000 steps at the Great Wall. In the evening, we venture back out into the Old Town of Lijiang, through the cobbled streets that are now brightly lit and filled ...
... As the clouds clear we see beautiful green rolling mountains as far as the eyes can see. At Lijiang Airport we are met by Sharon (according to Ian) or Cheryl (according to Kate), maybe her Chinese name would be less confusing! We are greeted with bright blue sunshine, if it is a little chilly. Lijiang is at high altitude, 2,900 metres, and it is cold in the morning but can get very hot in the afternoon. We drive through mountainous countryside to the city. It's ...
... of the 20th century when Joseph Rock chose this place as his residence. He is a famous botanist who came here to study the plants of the Jade Dragon Mountain and he fell in love with the region, its people and its culture, and decided to live there. He lived in Yuhu village for 27 years. From 1922, he started a huge research work on the local Naxi minority; he took many photos and wrote many papers for the magazine National Geographic. Then it was on to ...
... talked about visiting LiJiang
When we were in China 13 years ago.
Now, we wish we had
It’s more popular than ever
But corrupted by capitalism
Beautiful old buildings
Amazing stone paths
A glimpse of the past
But you have to really look now
Almost every storefront is filled with stuff
Hard to separate the fake from the real
Sort of like the Disneyland of China
We get ...