Pack your bags and come to Lijiang.... seriously!
Lijiang Travel Blog› entry 62 of 658 › view all entries
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)
We awoke to blue skies, although it was still quite chilly on our first day in Lijiang. This however, made it perfect weather to go and visit Black Dragon Pool Park. We had seen the picture in Lonely Planet and figured that this would be hard to live up to, but not only did it live up to my expectations, it surpassed them also.
The main pool has a white bridge and temple with the stunning Yulong Xueshan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain) as a backdrop, all been reflected in the jade coloured water. After strolling around the pool, we stopped on the bridge to feed the fish and bask in the sunlight, what had by this time made it t-shirt weather! We continued around the park, strolling over the small bridges and walking through the pretty rockery.
Back in the centre, we had some lunch before heading into the old town and getting thoroughly lost in the maze of old cobbled streets. There are several small waterways running through the streets along with two large waterwheels. Although many of the houses have been turned into souvenir shops, this took nothing away from the sheer beauty of the town, surrounded by colossal mountains, reaching well over 15,000ft.
We headed back to the hostel to put some warmer clothes on once the sun had gone down, before heading out to a traditional Naxi restaurant to sample some local cuisine. After dinner we walked the streets, which were now illuminated by red lanterns, giving off a wonderful ambience. We headed home, speechless and enchanted by this wonderful old town.