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Lijiang

Naxi (Minority Group) Women Hanging Out

Naxi (Minority Group) Women Hanging Out

Lijiang is another new “ancient” city. Well, maybe I shouldn’t put it that way. Certainly some parts of the old city are original but many parts are “restored” to the point of having almost no connection, other than look, to the town built almost 1000 years ago.

We did find a nice triple room in an “old” Naxi (not the same as the German Naxi, The Chinese Naxi are a minority people of the Yunnan province) guesthouse. This would be our first and only attempt to share a room with Mr Chow in an effort to save some money.

Long story short, he snores pretty loudly…

Lijiang IS a pretty town but man, it is just shop after shop of the same ole handicrafts and overpriced restaurants. One cafe even wanted 35 yuan ($5) for a coffee! And no, I don’t mean a double vanilla, extra froth, super chocolata choo choo, venti latte either. Just a plain old Yunnan coffee.

It is something of a cross between a nice place to go for a walk and The Universal Studios Walk, Orlando. At the end of the night, numerous side-by-side bars open up and what can only be described as Live Tibetan Techno blares from each place. The Chinese tourists pack the bars, downing lots of Dali beer (which became our beer of choice in Yunnan) and watching a cute girl in full Tibetan/Naxi (I don’t know which, honestly) costume sing to the music. It isn’t half bad, actually – especially compared to a lot of Asian music that I’ve heard over the last 5 months.

We spent another day in Lijiang but honestly, I was so bogged down in trying to arrange the tour to Tibet that I didn’t see that much. We saw Lijiang, Part 2, a new city being constructed to be just like the other one but with less appeal and more shops. In other words, it was awful. We had some decent hotpot, but the food here was less spicy and more bland than anywhere else we would go in Yunnan.

In the end, it is worth a stop to see Lijiang but we didn’t care for it that much. Having said that, some people love it and we heard from many travelers who preferred it to Dali. So who knows. If you come this way, you might really enjoy it. It just goes to show you that you can never really trust other travelers opinions…

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One Response

  1. now…i know where to find a good one.
    what a good story ….then. good job guys…
    bali

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