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Aug 5, 2016 - Old Lijiang

Voici le lien à l'album en ligne / Here is the link to the online album: https://goo.gl/photos/DWi2EPoidnQYuDRR8 Après un court trajet de quelques heures en train, nous voilà dans l'effervescence de la vieille ville de Lijiang et ces milliers et milliers de touristes chinois. Notre auberge se trouve parfaitement située dans la zone piétonnière donc proche de tout et sûrement plus charmant qu'un hôtel d'une chaîne connue. NOT!!! Ce jolie édifice ancestrale semble tout droit sortie d'un film d'horreur avec ces immenses tâches De Je Ne Sais...

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Sep 3, 2015 - The stunning beauty of Lijiang, Shangri-la, and Tiger Leaping Gorge

I have to credit my friend and coworker, Melanee Lucas, for sharing her gorgeous photos of her independent visit to Lijiang and thus piquing my interest to go there. The town itself is sometimes referred to as the "Venice of the East" and it certainly did not disappoint. The old part of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and chock-full of tiny cobblestone alleys, intricately carved wooden houses, flower-lined wells and waterways that used to provide drinking water, and cute, colorful shops, restaurants and street stalls. We stayed in...

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Apr 4, 2015 - 12,000 feet

This morning we got up and headed to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is the southernmost glacier in the northern hemisphere. It consists of 13 peaks, among which the highest is Shanzidou. It is 18,360 feet high. The mountain stretches for 22 miles long and 13 miles wide. Looking from Old Town, the snow covered and fog enlaced mountain is said to resemble ajade dragon lying in the clouds. Our first stop was at 10,100 feet altitude to watch the Impression Lijiang show. It is an outdoor singing and dancing show demonstrating the tradition and...

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Apr 3, 2015 - Yunnan - Shaxi & Lijiang

Maintenant qu' on est parti de Dali on va tomber sur de l'authentique c'est sure et certain. La preuve. Des notre premier arrêt nous voila a Shaxi, superbe petit village entièrement rénové. C'est mignon, chaleureux, fait avec gout. Bref on aime... meme si ca ressemble plus a un village des guesthouses qu'un village ou les gens vivent pour de vrai. Puis autours du village, il y a un grand parc en pleine montagne avec des temps et des statuts. on y va et on prend l option bus plutôt que Brando car on est pas convaincus que les loulous vont...

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Apr 3, 2015 - YAK YAK YAK

Our guide's name is Janice, given to her by her English teacher. She is 3rd generation Tibetan,her grandparents came here from Tibet; her husband is from Tibet. Of 5 children she is the only one that is educated. Her family loved a nomadic life, but because of illness she was sent to school. there are 55 minority groups here; 22 in the city. We are in Lijiang, western China only 150 kilometers from Myanmar. Population of the county is 1.2 million, city is about 500,000. The altitude here is 2440 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by...

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Apr 2, 2015 - Where is our luggage?

Today was supposed to be a travel day. Uneventful. No journal posting. Not so lucky! We left Yangshuo at 10:30 to go to Guilin airport which was a US military base during WWII. It was like riding with Verne as the driver! Our driver didn't like to have anyone in front of him so he kept passing. But he passed from any where on the road, including the shoulder! He mostly drove over the center line which was probably to get the passing advantage! One time I thought we were going to be the filling of a collision sandwich as he passed between...

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Oct 18, 2011 - Lijiang, Yunnan Province

Today we visited 3 villages. First was Shuhe, a smaller version of Lijiang, cobbled streets along pretty waterways, full of shops but not that many tourists. It was the center of the Tea and Horse Road, a caravan road that linked SW China with India via Tibet. It was named that because the Tibetans traded their horses for tea. In its hey day (960-1127 AD), some 20,000 horses were traded. At the Tea and Horse Road museum we saw an exhibit about cobblers who moved to Shuhe 600 years ago after being expelled from Beijing by a jealous emperor....

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Oct 17, 2011 - Dali to Lijiang, Yunnan

Before leaving Dali, we visited the Bai village of Zhoucheng (“Jo Chen”). It has about 10,000 people. We walked though the outdoor market where we saw many whole pigs and butchered parts of pigs and many vegetables. These included the spice, prickly ash or Sichuan pepper, which we had first encountered at the restaurant outside the Great Wall. It is like a lemony pepper. Susan bought some to bring home to Usha, Walking up one of the narrow streets, we saw two pigs being butchered in preparation for a wedding the next day. We visited a...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Dali to Lijiang

We left Yin’s Guest House in the morning after breakfasting at 'Go Go Cafe'. We changed places a number of times in the mini-van as it was a little tight for the six of us with luggage as well. It was raining for part of the trip to Lijiang and we witnessed the aftermath of a number of road accidents. Chinese drivers are a little reckless at times, overtaking on corners with simply a blast of the horn to warn oncoming drivers; sometimes not enough of a warning! We stopped in the village of Song Qui for lunch and Philomena and Heather...

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Nov 22, 2010 - Rum Anyone?

After a celebratory beer at Janes, Elizabeth and I bid a final farewell to our Canadian friend before jumping in a mini-van for the 4 hour ride back to Lijiang. The van drops us off at what looks like a theme park entrance. There are coaches, mini buses and taxis scattered across an open cobblestoned area. We retrieve a map with directions to a hostel on it. Kelly had booked us spots at a different hostel but we don’t have the directions to it with us so we figure if we can at least get there they will be able to point us in the right...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Tiger Leaping Gorge

Today was the last day in Lijiang and we saved the best for last as we thought. We had to be ready by 8:30 so we woke up early to have some breakfast at the hotel which was somehow included in our room but when we arrived it wasn’t. Anyways, we had our breakfast and we invited our tour guide since it was taking a while to eat the breakfast when he came by he changed his hat since we told him we didn’t like Argentina we thought that was funny since the Dutch won last night. After breakfast we made our way to the driver and we went on our way...

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Jul 2, 2010 - Dr. Ho Shi-Xiu.....Google Him

Well we had to get up earlier to meet with our tour guide and his name was Anthony he was wearing an Argentina hat which wasn't a good impression but the good thing was that he knew good English and knew allot about all the small cities around Lijiang. We made our way to a famous town called Baishi, the Lonely Planet advised to go to a small cafe to have a typical Naxi breakfast where we had a Naxi Sandwich, a Naxi pancake and a Naxi butter tea that I didn't really enjoy. The next stop was to a famous Dr. Ho that also the lonely planet...

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