Drive to Lijiang

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August 13th 2005
Published: October 1st 2017
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We left early for the drive from Dali to Lijiang. Most of the road was very windy, butit was picturesque: tobacco fields, houses of mud brick, dogs and chickens on the road.We had a stop half-way to use the toilet, drink tea, eat peanuts. As we got close to Lijiang, we stopped at a massive selling place - six pavilions, selling Chinese medicine, jade and silver, marble; plus a restaurant and "cultural presentation". We were given 45 minutes to shop. We might have purchased one of the slabs of marble with that looks like a painting, but we were having a hard time confirming how much is would cost to post. And we didn't like it that much, so we gave up.

Arrived Lijiang, met new guide who had checked us into the hotel. We took 10 minutes to clean up, then went into the old town (which begins right next to our hotel) for lunch.

Lunch was okay; nice location, though. Old town Lijiang is very quaint: many willow trees; bridges across clear streams; springs where locals collect their drinking water (our guide took a bowl that is available and showed us how), wash vegetables, do their laundry (in hierarchical pools). Interesting Nature Conversancy exhibit ... Kyla was asked so many times to pose for photographs that we said we'd finish the exhibit then return ... but she was still posing. Many winding streets, but clean; shops inviting (sellers are silent) - densely crowded with mostly Chinese holiday-makers.

We spent the afternoon being walked around Old Town. Got lost at a couple of points.

Returned to hotel for shower, rest. The others went out to dinner. In the evening, Kyla and I attended the Dongba (local shamanistic religion) show. The music and Dongba parts were interesting, but we grew tired of the folk songs.

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