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Black Dragon Pool Park with a view of Yulong Xueshan

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.

Old Town at night
After a few hours, we decided to head back into the center of Lijiang.

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.

Deats says:
There are quite a few tourists, but it is easy to escape the masses, by just walking a couple of streets off the main drag. Its all its hyped up to be, in my opinion!
Posted on: Dec 26, 2006
portia says:
hi, this sounds like a real wonderful place! It is a famous destination in the Chinese tours that I looked up too. So were there too many people? sounds like no.
Posted on: Dec 25, 2006
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Black Dragon Pool Park with a view…
Black Dragon Pool Park with a vie…
Old Town at night
Old Town at night
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Me at Black Dragon Pool Park with…
Lijiang waterways in the old town …
Lijiang waterways in the old town…
Lijiang town square and waterwheel
Lijiang town square and waterwheel
Julia and I in the town square
Julia and I in the town square
Yulong Mountain viewed from the ne…
Yulong Mountain viewed from the n…
Me at Black Dragon Pool Park with …
Me at Black Dragon Pool Park with…
Black Dragon Pool Park with a view…
Black Dragon Pool Park with a vie…
Black Dragon Pool Park
Black Dragon Pool Park
Black Dragon Pool Park with a view…
Black Dragon Pool Park with a vie…
Me walking through the old town
Me walking through the old town
Julia walking through the old town
Julia walking through the old town
Old Town
Old Town
Lijiang Town Square
Lijiang Town Square
Yulong waterwheel
Yulong waterwheel
Lijiang
photo by: Deats