After Kunming, we head
further south to Lijiang. Wow, this really was a place in
rural China. Lijiang is famous for being one of the most
ancient cities in China. It's very much a tourist place,
although it doesn't feel like it.
Lots of people walking down the streets and stopping at
the open aired shops, farmers in triangular bask hats, endless
fields, rolling hills and the list goes on - a complete
different "look" than what we had experienced in China so
far. It really felt like we were coming to the "real China".
We stayed at a beautiful resort, embedded deeply in mountains
and away from any cars or people. It was so nice and peaceful.
We had fresh flowers in the room (lovely flower arrangements)
and fresh fruit every day. Very quiet - and was so relaxing.
We loved it - although English was not on the forefront
of people's palate. But, hey if you visit another country
with a different mother tongue, what else can you expect?!
So we didn't mind too much, although at times it was a little
frustrating... especially when Johann was attempting to
order a tonic water with lime and nobody had a clue of what
he was wanting (and we even showed the word "tonic water"
on the menu in Chinese and goggled a picture of a lime).
Hmm, perhaps we were asking too much? Anyways, we really
enjoyed Lijiang and it is a place we both would love to
visit again - so peaceful and very enjoyable.
Lijiang Old Town
This photo is taken outside a cozy bar
that we had a few drinks at and listened to some really
romantic, live music, performed by two young musicians.
Ahh, it was so nice and we were also able to have vodka
& gin and tonics. Not only TsingTao or Tea. Yay!
Who says children can't be wonderful
and take care of themselves when mommy goes shopping?!!!
Hmm. Wonder if this is in any of the parenting books
Taking a stroll in Old Town. So many different
cafes, restaurants and bars.
Just a really nice relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Lovely view at night as all of the houses
on the hill were lit up and music
streaming out over the main square. Touristy but not really!
Black Dragon Pond Park
This is one of the most beautiful parks
we saw while we were in China. So peaceful and you can
just sit for hours, watching the leaves sway to the
wind, hear the sound of the small ripples on the lake,
and arrive to a place where the world stands still.
Absolutely stunning! And, if it wasn't cloudy when we
took this photo, you could also see Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain in the backdrop. WOW!
True beauty is hard to find nowadays. Memories
from this park with live with us forever.
Horseback Riding, Lashi Lake & Tiger
Johann is feeding the horses cashew nuts.
Yes, spoiled. But we figured it was best to feed them
as we still needed to get down. We just had climbed
a tall hillside, very muddy and the poor horses kept
on sliding...Some extra energy was definitely a good
choice. We made it back without rollovers or being thrown
Relaxing while taking a boat tour in the
"swamps". What a made up tourist attraction!
Can you see what meat we had to choose from?
Look real close in the background.
This is how we picked out our food that we were going to
feast on for lunch.
Although, not appetizing, the flavor of most of the dishes
were very nice.
Lots of spices to kill of the bacteria we presume. We said
"if we don't get sick
from eating here, then we are good to go for the rest of
our trip in China".
And guess what, we didn't have any "problems" from that
Taking a inflatable rubber boat through
the first bend of the Yangtze River (3rd largest river
in the world). It being rainy season made the water
brown and the water levels high, so that was too bad
(effected visual scenery and speed of the boat), otherwise
had an exiting time, as you probably can see by the
looks from Johann's face.
Taking a short 1 hour hike through Tiger's
Leaping Gorge, Wonderful scenery, reminding us a lot
about the gorge in WA and Oregon. Ahh, that brings back
many good memories.