Lijiang International Hotel
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... we head to the first bend of the Yangtze River. We are not sure of the real significance of the location even after reading the sign, however the views are spectacular. The river is far wider here with big flood plains and we can see two directions Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and another which we do not know the name of. On the way we pass lots of farm land, all terraced and a real picture. In this area the main crops are sweetcorn and tomatoes. It is harvest time ...
... has become a regular occurrence. Our guide is amused, and takes photos of us having our photos taken. Back to hotel, we treat ourselves to a massage. First we have our feet cleansed in a foot bath of warm milky water, scrubbed with salt. This causes two problems. Firstly, Ian inadvertently steps on the plug as he steps in and the the water starts draining away. Then he notices the plaster that covered his blister is now floating among the rose petals. ...
... we decide ordering veg is a good idea if the meat is horrid. Thankfully this is not the case, we just have to contend with the mass of different chillies on the plates! The Yak is delicious and just falls apart. We are intrigued when the young couple next to us see us drinking wine and decided to ask the waitress for the same. The girl looks rather tipsy when she leaves and she only had half a glass. Apparently it is frowned upon for ladies to drink alcohol. Oops maybe ...
Today was an extremely long day....13 hours in fact, and all on foot. We started with a stroll through the Old Food Market area with a huge variety of vegetables, fruit, fish, spices, herbs, even birds' nests used for making soup and which are good hormone replacement for females apparently. I think I'll just take their word for that. From the market, we then strolled through streets with all other stalls ...
... to see the first of many sets of rapids at which point they can have their photo taken with the gorge in the background thus allowing them to tick another attraction of the list and proving to family and friend that they've been there.
The alternative is a hike along the Haba Snow Mountain side of the gorge, thereby offering views across to Jade Snow Dragon Mountain. This is highly rated in the Lonely Planet and I'd heard many positive ...