Have now arrived in Lijiang and what an amazing place it is. It looks like a really old town, but in reality, it was all built in the last 12 years following the destruction of the original town by an earthquake. The whole place looks very antique with lots of sloping roofs. There must be at least 3000 shops. The town is literally heaving with people. There are bands playing and music and chaos are everywhere, what an experience!
I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Sicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a gr... full info