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Old March 25th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #201
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Zhongdian. Miscellaneous.





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Old March 26th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #202
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It's a very interesting thread. But one thing I don't understand...what has Stockholm to do with China...?
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thx for the pics
look like a great places for culture traveling , and taking pics
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Old March 27th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #204
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Thx for showing your interest in this

Next stop on our way south from Chengdu to Kunming along the Tibetan border is Lijiang.


Lijiang has a population of approx. 120,000 and is located about roughly 150 km south of Zhongdian half the way to Dali. The Burmanese border is not too far away but very difficult to reach because of the bizarre topography.



Nevertheless, since the mid 1990s, Lijiang has become a popular tourists spot and its old town district is nominated as a UNECO world heritage.

It is best vistied during nighttime or at a heavy rainshower when the tourists hordes are gone. I was lucky to encounter both natural phenomen when I was there |darkness at night and neverending rain during daytime|
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Another option is the very early morning.





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Old March 27th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #206
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From 9am on it is rather like being ^at the cheap seats of a football game^.



These pics were taken around 7am.


Lijiang is a magical place. In contrast to Zhongdian it has no Tibetan influnce but is inhabitated by the local Naxi minority. However in the town itself Han Chinese (40%) have already outnumbered Naxhi people (20%)
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These backstreets are still quite untouched by tourist development.


In the old towns center every building seems to house a shop.


The best way to generate profit. Therefore it was no surprise that we had to look hard to find a travel agency or an interent cafe where revenue seem to be smaller.
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Central square on the old towns edge




The waterwheel, the towns symbol.
The old towns channel and irrigation system was created in the 13th century and is still functioning.
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New town. A severe earthquake struck the region in 1996. Shockingly the ancient solid stone houses of the old town quarter did not suffer as much as the modern concrete building from the Mao/Deng Xiaoping era did.
At least the earthquake provided a chance to the city planners to reerect the modern part of Lijiang with more aesthetic architecture. In fact Lijiangs modern town represents a good example that modern Chinese provincial town do not necessarily look drab.

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The only Mao statue I saw in China so far...

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We met some Chinese and went out for drinking in some lesser parts of the town.




The few pictures dont do justice to the fabolous (but crowded) city. We were a bit unlcuky with the weather though as you can tell by the pictures. Therefore I cannot show you any pictures fomr Lijiangs famous lion hill with Jade Dragon Mountain in the background.


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nee, ich meinte, die verrückte Reiehenfolge, in der die Beiträge eingetragen werden.
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Next stop on our trip sothwards is Dali, which can be reached from Kunming within four hours on the expressway.

Its population is about 120,000. Dali lies at an altitude of 2000 meters near the epitomous lake.

The town itself is renowned for its ancient architecture. Every year, millions of Chinese spend their holidays there.
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20 years before, when the average-Chinese could not afford travelling and infrastructure was basic, Dali because of its scenic setting and its comparably easy accesibility became the first backpackers heaven.

In about 1985, rice with chili and water chestnuts turned into banana pancake and Lager beer.

Some people say, Dali has become too crowded. Well, my impression was different, perhaps because the better was better than in e.g. Lijiang
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jetzt aber!

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The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu's reign (1368-1398).


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Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863.
Dali is also famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally "Dali Stone" (Chinese: 大理石; pinyin: dali shi).
Dali is now a major tourist destination, along with Lijiang, for both domestic and international tourists.


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Dali consists of two parts: the old and the new town. The new town is nothing to write home about, at least a relatively wealthy town for Chinese standards. Following pics were taken from the backstreets of the old town.





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