Lijiang was definately atmospheric. In the old part of town just about everything was designed to catch the tourist eye. The Black Dragon Pool Park certainly did that. A mixture of old and new coupled with water – stilland expansive or flowing over small rapids. Flowers galore. The older generation was out in force dressed in traditional Naxi attire ..small groups doing local dances accompanied by small handheld drums. It is also know as the photo hotspot for views of Yulong mountain. Unfortunately for us only a beautiful mild sunny day with blue skies and decorative clouds….
Strolling along the side of the river early morning….
If you look closely in the background is a boat made of flowers.
Rapids and the soft sound of water flowing…..
Yours truly at a photo hotspot! For those of you with a creative imagination…. behind those clouds is a very large and grand mountain! Not to be seen today.
Water is the source of life…
This sign of course speaks for itself.
I had great time standing behind and trying to figure out the steps. They were good and kept going for ages!!
There were performances on this stage
Some locals waiting in the wings….
A very beautiful and very old restored temple
This is another photo hotspot…..yes there really are mountains there just shrouded in cloud!
The old part of Lijiang is cobblestones, narrow lanes , canals aand flowers. A smorgasbord of shops, inns, places to eat or just sit and watch the world go by.
The entrance to the old town ….yes a national holiday ….people everywhere!
A profusion of pots filled with colour line the canals the streets, the fronts of shops and eateries.
Photo shoot – gorgeous women in local traditional dress….I think this is Bai.
Fancy a bite to eat??
Or a cup of tea?
Shops full of tea and not a tea bag to be seen!!
Or a tamarind lollie?
A fascinating place to get lost in, find a ‘good cup of coffee’ and to marvel at the buildings, the flowers , the shopping and of course the people.
The view from my hotel elevator
The view from my hotel room…
More to come…When I get home : ))
We flew in from Kathmandu Nepal to kunming airport in Yunnan province across a sea of lights….a thriving metropolis with highrise buildings everywhere garnished with colourful sparkling lights, moving bill boards with language characters unknown and express ways that seemed like giant mazes. Lucky for us a guide was meeting us….
The view from my hotel room on the 18th floor….
Evening in Kunming city…..
South of Kunming there is a place called Stone Forest. The area has been turned into a huge park that encompasses many of the more dramatic limestone rock formations. It is no longer a wild open place ….it does however cater for an ever increasing number of tourists from other parts of China. Some more views below….