We loved Lijiang!…the Jackson Hole of China and our first 5 star accommodations! Our hotel, The Crowne Plaza, was directly next to the ancient city which has been transformed into a picturesque tourist destination. Water features are the recurring theme….waterfalls and canals running throughout the narrow shop lined streets, restaurants and markets. If it’s made in China you will find it here. We visited this area again and again looking for souveniors, dinners and ambience….we were never disappointed.
The next morning found us climbing in altitude again this time to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park first by bus and then via cable car. At the top was the Yak Meadow, home to another Buddist Temple and the base of the Mountain. Unfortunately for us the clouds kept the summit of the mountain hidden. After that we ventured into the village that was home to Dr Joseph Rock. He lived and studied in this are for 27 years and was well loved by the local people. A wonderful little side trip.
The next day we visit the local park that houses a man-made lake formed from an underground spring that is the headwaters of the water in the ancient city. We all agree it is a serenely beautiful park. Afterwards Dan and Howard head off for a game of golf while Kristi and Marcia head to the spa for a much needed massage. Can we stay an extra day?!
But we are off to Shang-Hai via Kumning and the World’s Exposition.