We were only here for two nights, and we mainly just walked around town, ate, walked around town, ate, and slept. So I don't have very many stories from Lijiang but I do have some really good photos:
|breakfast in the hotel was in this lovely library space, surrounded by tall windows|
|The owner is a woman from Singapore with a salty attitude. I suspect|
she is responsible for this little sign.
|The garden in front of our hotel -- also the gathering spot in case of earthquake.|
|the mirror in the bathroom was SO LOW.|
|OK -- I believe you! Absolutely!|
|I guess American food = SPAM here? Better than McDonalds, I guess.....|
|They are just souvenirs. Hardly amorous-feeling-inspirational.|
|Quality Medicines. Reasonable prices.|
|this place featured animal skulls on the front -- above the red lanterns. huh?|
|That distant mountain is so different from all the others;|
instead of being rounded and tree-covered, it's sharp and rocky
and topped with snow.
|We stopped for a drink, just to people watch.|
|Lots of prayer flags scattered around town|
|Not sure of this dude's story; he sat on his horse with a very stern face for a VERY long time.|
|We hiked up the mountain behind the old village and saw these little wildflowers.|
|I guess this is an issue?|
|And this -- no washing here. I loved that the message was provided three ways, pictographs, Chinese, and English.|
|This river runs through town, and is the primary water source. SO pretty, and the water was crystal clear.|
Maybe because there is no washing allowed.
|I don't know why it surprised me, but there were lots of pink roses.|
|the restaurants were often quite beautiful.....|
|like this one, too.|
|Another shot of the river through the old town.|
|Sharing the narrow cobbled streets with horses meant also avoiding piles of horse poop,|
which just added another hazard alongside the spitting.
|See just how clear the water is?|
|In addition to several yak meat stores, there was this Tibetan restaurant.|
|For all its tweeness, the old town really can be gorgeous.|
|It's a standard interior courtyard, but they covered it with glass so it could be used year-round.|
And then they hung petunias in baskets, which just gave such a cheery feeling.
|and lovely cloth lamps next to the petunias, and prayer flags.|
|and plants and books tucked wherever they could fit them in.|
|CHILIES!!!!!!! (with a few little mushrooms)|
|and bamboo rice, which was quite sticky and bamboo-ey. :)|
|A beer from Dali, beautifully named Wind Flower Sun Moon. It was really like water|
with a little squeeze of lemon, and I think someone waved the dictionary definition
of "alcohol" near the bottle, but that was fine with me.
|the very best water spinach with garlic I've EVER had.|
|these mushrooms were AMAZING.|
|Clearly, we were satisfied with our meal.|
|The Number Two Number One dog -- there's a much bigger collie that|
always walks around the restaurant, the Number One Number One I suppose,
and a cat that lounges around on the seats.
|We have had such a wonderful trip.|