We were halfway… having sucessfully negotiated the 28 Bends. We had heard so much about them and were somewhat relieved when we had reached the top without having totally exhausted ourselves. We were feeling very happy!!
Having reached this guesthouse we were right in the heart of the gorge and the views of the mountains across the river were mesmerizing…..
A welcoming symbol found on the outside of many of the houses .
bunches of chillies and maize drying….
wild flowers ..intense colours……
The Yangtze river far off and deep down…..
A steep side valley stretching up into the clouds…..
This bridge was at Bendiwan Village and spanned a huge gorge and side river which swept down into the Yangtze river……awesome!
It was early morning as we drove through the streets of Lijiang heading roughly north west up into the mountains. We travelled along a triple lane highway , long tunnels, smooth roads through a landscape that in parts was dotted with farms being intensively cultivated, past hills covered in pine forests in various stages of growth, there were small villages, the odd clump of highrise buildings mostly unfinished. We travelled 125 kms reaching Qiaotou in less than two hours. By the time we arrived it was steadily raining mmmm. Not a good start. We purchased our tickets, unearthed our rain gear from our packs donned both and headed up the road out of town. Even having read masses of info about this place i was unprepared for the reality of it.
it was an uphill slog getting to our first sign post…
view from the naxi family guesthouse…
the sun still shining on the tops of the mountains….
Views of the yangtze river….the colours of the wild flowers were intense….this pony followed us up up and up around the 28 bends.
our horseman and his pony who patiently followed us up through the 28 bends
And steep it was!!
Awesome landscapes wherever you looked!
more wild flowers….. more views and we are now about halfway through. To be continued : ))
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!
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….