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... starts with the sounding of the big gong and the music starts. For the first song it is fascinating to see the traditional Naxi musical instruments being played, after this it becomes more of a challenge. Between each song the young lady narrator introduces each piece in various languages (including English), she explains that the music is hundreds of years old. We are not surprised! After the fourth song were cannot distinguish one from another, they ...
... browsing the many shops and stalls that line this huge maze of old streets. So many things amuse us, especially the 'lost in translation' signs, our favourite being "E-intestine package" for a type of sausage - not one that we'll be sampling! We are also very surprised how vain many of the young Chinese women are. They are constantly looking at themselves in mirrors, taking selfies on the mass of selfie sticks around the place. At the extreme end they pay ...
... different China to the one we've seen to date and we will soon discover that Lijiang in general is very different. Sharon chats away telling us all about the Naxi history and people. Lijiang a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. She teaches us the Naxi word for hello and thank you. We have only just got to used to attempting to speak Chinese! We visit Black Dragon Lake in the centre of the city. It's set within a beautiful park and is framed by the Jade Dragon ...
... Village to meet Dr Ho and visit the Silk Embroidery Workshop where we were able to purchase quality works. The Baisha Old Town was the political, commercial and cultural centre for the local Naxi people and other ethnic people for 400 years. In ancient times, the Baisha Old Town used to be the centre of silk embroidery in the southwest of China. The Naxi women were well known for their hand-made embroidery before the year 1972 during the Great ...
... out early on the day we depart
And walk for a bit thru semi-deserted paths
And if one closes ones eyes
One can almost imagine what it must have been like here
A century ago
But not quite
FiIRST MEAL IN LIJIANG
We were attracted by the name of the restaurant
And now, cannot remember it
But we enter, sit and order
Food was delicious
And the ...