Travels in China – Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang

Lijiang Old Town from the Pagoda

Lijiang Old Town from the Pagoda

In 2002 Lijiang had no airport and the only way there from Tiger Leaping Gorge was by road and a four hour journey across the mountains. The town was on the Southern Silk Road from Burma, across Tibet, Iran,  the Fertile Crescent of the Tigris and Euphrates and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea.

Lijiang - the pagoda

Lijiang – the pagoda

The town’s narrow streets wind up and around the hillside that’s topped by the pagoda.

Lijiang

Lijiang

In places houses are built almost on top of each other and in recent years many new reproduction properties has meant the place extending across the surrounding plain.

Lijiang

Lijiang

And water from Jade Snow Dragon Mountain…

Jade Snow Dragon Mountain from Lijiang

Jade Snow Dragon Mountain from Lijiang

Lijiang

Lijiang

……flows through the streets in narrow canals to feed systems of pools.

Lijiang, Baisha Village

Lijiang, Baisha Village

Nearby is the ancient village of Baisha, home of the Naxi minority nationality……

Lijiang, Baisha Village, Naxi Ancient Orchestra

Lijiang, Baisha Village, Naxi Ancient Orchestra

it’s ancient orchestra, whose players play ancient instruments….

Lijiang, Baisha Village

Lijiang, Baisha Village

some amazing characters and …….

The Baisha Murals

The Baisha Murals

and the Baisha murals.  Next stop Zhongdian – now renamed Shangri La.

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