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A local man transporting goods around

After the exhausted day in Tiger Leaping Gorge, We decided to have a more relaxed travel in Lijiang. Walking around in the crowd with slow paces at the old town. 

In Chinese, Li means beautiful and Jiang means river. The beautiful water is the Jinsha (golden sand) river. Lijiang old town at day time is pretty attractive, with all those Naxi style building and the peaceful atmosphere. We walked around and tried to find souvenir for our friends. People selling tiny strawberries in a very low price were walking around you! We bought some strawberries and found a place by the canal to have lunch.

After lunch, we went to Mu Palace.

Old town view from the temple at Mu Palace
It was the home and garden of Mu who ruled Lijiang 400 years ago. Flowers are everywhere in Mu Palace that make it really colourful. With the significant corridor, it showed the life of the past rich people. Free Guided tour is avaliable at the entrance of the Palace. I think they provide tour in English too but I am not sure about that. The tour lasted for about 45 mins and it showed us the history of Mu and Lijiang by bringing you to different show room. At the end of the tour, the guide brought us to a tea house, ask you to try different kinds of tea and most importantly, hoping you buy the tea. I think the tea there was overpriced and you can find those at a lower price in the old town. You can join the tour to get a general picure of the Palace and walk around to the place you are interested if you have time.
from the show: Mountain, river show
There is a temple on the upland that you can view the whole old town but beware of the Daoist inside the temple, they will use trick to make you talk to them and ask you for money.

Our next destination was Black Dragon Pool. Black Dragon Pool is at the North of the old town and is able to reach by walking from the old town. The park is famous becuase of the wonderful view of the Jade Dragon snowy mountain. On sunny day, the mirror-like pool reflect the snowy mountain but when we were there, the weather was not that good. You can explore the Naxi cluture by visiting the unique building and the Dongba museum inside the park. The park is calm and relaxing but the ticket is quite expensive, however, you can go there for free from the back door.

People sitting on the roof after a few glasses of alcohol
Ha!

We went to see a show called "Mountain, river show" (It has a much better name in Chinese) at a theater near Black Dragon Pool. It is a dance show to show different cultures of ethnic minorities within Yunnan area. The show has English caption displayed at the sides. The ticket is quite expensive in mainland China standard (about $120RMB, varies from different hostels) but I like dancing, so I don't mind to pay for that high quality show! We spent the rest of our night at the old town, looked at the people who got drunk on the alleys. Although this small town is so beautiful at night, I think it is "polluted" by the civilization, that washed off the character of the town.

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A local man transporting goods aro…
A local man transporting goods ar…
Old town view from the temple at M…
Old town view from the temple at …
from the show: Mountain, river show
from the show: Mountain, river show
People sitting on the roof after a…
People sitting on the roof after …
Local kid eating at the shop owned…
Local kid eating at the shop owne…
from the show: Mountain, river show
from the show: Mountain, river show
from the show: Mountain, river show
from the show: Mountain, river show
Night at Lijiang old town
Night at Lijiang old town
Night at Lijiang old town
Night at Lijiang old town
Lovely dog
Lovely dog
Mu Palace, with the significant co…
Mu Palace, with the significant c…
Flower in Mu Palace
Flower in Mu Palace
We spent 2 hours drinking tea at t…
We spent 2 hours drinking tea at …
Black Dragon Pool. I think this is…
Black Dragon Pool. I think this i…
Black Dragon Pool
Black Dragon Pool
The hostel we stayed at in Lijiang
The hostel we stayed at in Lijiang
Lijiang
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