. Merry Christmas. Shengdanjie kuaile!
Ethnic groups stayed with: 4. Zhuang, Yi, Bai, Naxi
Techno merry christmas tracks heard: too many
secret photos or videos taken of us: 23
swarming groups of chinese taking photos of little western baby: 1
swarming groups of touring chinese groups randomly stopping directly in front of us: 1000000000000
coming into our current hostel in lijiang was quite the experience. as soon as we walked in mama naxi came bustling round the corner offering fruit, tea and a warm welcome. our Christmas feast that is planned for tommorow will unite all us travellers in celebration. Ｂｕｔ Ｉwouldn't say we're family yet. Today we crept around barriers and climbed elephant mountain to avoid paying the entrance fee and chilled out beside the black dragon pool, which is probably the most tranquil place to read and listen to the caged birds in the park. Last night we went to a dumpling house and met a retired couple from beijing. they took an instant liking to sarah and I, especially after they realised her chinese name was mountain fairy. It was quite weird when we all started cuddling each other and not really understaning each others chinese. In half an hour I was calling her aunty and even the owner was coming up and joinin the hug fest. At least if we go to beijing we have a slightly obsessive family to stay with. Apart from strolling the streets and sarah dressing up in traditional clothing we are chilliing out till after chrissie to depart on a 4 day trek through tiger leaping gorge