A short vacation in Lijiang, but many pictures (non-VC content)

Hi Loungers, I just got back from a vacation in the Southern Chinese city of Lijiang.  It is very close to the original "Shangri-La" and a nice place to go in order to get away from the hustle & bustle of city life.  This region is the home of the Dongba minority (originally descended from nomadic Tibetans.  Their religion is still based on a pre-Buddhist, Tibetan, religion).  The Dongba people created their own paper in the 6th Century, independently from the paper invented in China, and is known as Dongba Paper.  This paper can last over 1,000 years without any signs of deterioration and it was invented BEFORE the native, pictographic, written, language was created.  It was invented in order to leave a history of the Dongba.  (The Chinese invented paper well after the written language existed.)

We stayed in the "Old Village".  There are no hotels here, just small Bed & Breakfast establishments (without the breakfast).  We had a really nice room, with patio, on the second floor rooftop.

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(with no ligh pollution, I could finally see the moon!)

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The cobble stone streets of the "Old Village"

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Some mountain lakes and a small waterfall

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Jade Dragon Mountain is only 4,680 high, but still fun for a short climb.

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A short vacation in Lijiang, but many pictures (non-VC content)

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Something I found interesting about the Dongba is their strong affinity toward cats and cat spirits.  I noticed several houses had statues sitting on the center of the roofs. Close-up pictures revealed they were cats.  I asked many people and got various explanations, but what I've gathered is these cats are protecting the homes.  Most of the cats are originals that have been watching guard for hundreds of years, but a few are modern replacements.  Most of the statues showed the same likeness, but there was some variety.  I walked around the village to try and capture as many of the different statues I could find.

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(A real cat decided to accompany the statue)

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Sorry, but no VCs were taken on this trip (I'll do better in my next post, wink):

A short vacation in Lijiang, but many pictures (non-VC content)

Re: A short vacation in Lijiang, but many pictures (non-VC content)
10/29/2015 - 09:31

Looks very peaceful, thanks for sharing Daniel

Thanks Lin, now back to city life (nt)
10/30/2015 - 01:19
what a beautiful region and.... your mountain shots..... <3
10/29/2015 - 09:53
I knew you would be one of at least two that would appreciate the mountains :-) (nt)
10/30/2015 - 01:20
Dan, lovely lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. THL is as much about
10/29/2015 - 12:25

non-VC content, especially when the the firsthand shared shared is so extraordinary as yours.

Love the two non-VC watches. The ony VC's suitable for your trip would be an OS. 

Thanks KK, I thought about bringing an OS
10/30/2015 - 01:21

But decided two watches were enough for this trip.

What a wonderful place!
10/29/2015 - 16:13

Amazing location, Dan.  The Tibetian history is fascinating and the architecture marvelous.  Great eye to spot and document the cat motifs.  Looks chilly up on that mountain!  Where were all the local people?

You know I'm not a people person ;-)
10/30/2015 - 01:26

Hi Dean, thanks.  I got up to take those street pictures at sunrise just to avoid all the crowds and people in the street.  There were just as many, if not more, tourists as there were locals...so I didn't think it added enough to the shots. 

The cats reminded me a little of the gargoyles that protect some old, European, churches.

It was a little chilly on the mountain, but that's the way I like it.  wink  And we were at less than 5,000 meters...so it was bearable.

Dan takes to the camera - his efforts are well worth a peek...
10/29/2015 - 20:53

What a charming and incredible place you've found, Dan?

I can imagine Daisy and yourself enjoying the tranquility of Lijiang and the wonderful warmth of it's character and the beautiful surroundings.

Very kind of you to take the time and share so much of what you've seen and enjoyed.

There are times when VC is not in the frame - fully justifed on this occasion!

Nodoubt it's 'shoulder to the wheel' once again!

Well done and best wishes

Tony

Thank you Tony
10/30/2015 - 01:29

I really like what Alex inspired years ago on THL, the idea of this place being a Lounge for VC fans...but also where we can share other things that might be interesting, whether it be books, art, travel, history, etc.

Yes, its back to city life, was in Beijing for a day and off to Shanghai again.

Re: A short vacation in Lijiang, but many pictures (non-VC content)
10/31/2015 - 11:41

Thanks Dan for sharing such spectacular pictures of a very beautiful scenic and unusual location. Its a treat for tired "city eyes"smiley