Friday, May 22, 2009

Yunnan & Guangxi Provinces, China

After landing in Yunnan, I had to take a bus into Lijiang, and was able to see several villages along the way

There was a welcomed sense of serenity here after having been in the city for months; note the religious monument just above the tree line

As soon as I arrived in Lijiang, I saw what an enchanting little city it is, with rivers flowing throughout

Another shot of the interior of the city just before dusk

At night, with red lanterns lit everywhere, the look was spectactular

Just outside of the city was the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (behind this lake), which I later hiked (part way)

There was also a Tibetan temple that I was able to make it out to, which required leaving the city again, only to pass through beautiful fields

Some of the local people out farming mid-day

While going through some of the villages on the way out to the temple, one really gets to see just how drastically the income gap is growing between inner-rural China and the east coast port cities

There was quite a hike to get up top of this mountain where the temple sits; here I am taking a breather beneath Tibetan prayer flags

Finally made it up to the temple

Chillin' with a young monk

Here are some of the local women, from the Naxi tribe, wearing spectacular traditional clothing

Later on, went hiking up the Jade Dragon Snow mountain

Heading further up snow mountain with my oxygen tank; approximately 4506 meters above sea level here

Then headed out to Lugu Lake, a peaceful place that's about a six hour bus ride outside of Lijiang

Was able to get more shots of the local Naxi people, which is a matriarchal society, along the long bus ride

As you can probably tell, I was fascinated with the differences in cultural clothing

Also had the chance to see more rural villages along the way

Literally had a place to stay at the shore of the lake - here it is at dusk

After leaving Lijiang, I made my way out to Yangshuo in the Guangxi province

Yangshou is a very friendly little backpacker city - really enjoyed being here

At night, these tiny streets lit up with restaurants and quaint little merchant shops

Managed to jump on a boat sailing down the Li River, passing gorgeous lime stone hills, which reminded me a great deal of being in Halong Bay

I rented a bike and rode through muddy roads stacked with pot holes in the rain; the surrounding visuals were striking

The farming system here is based largely on rice paddies, which one could see as far as the eye could reach

Bikes lined up at one of the local villages I visited along the Li River

Spotted this cool mural while passing along some of the local street shops

Grabbed a glass of coffee in this rainy little town at the shore of the river

Yangshuo is really a stunning place to see

1 comment:

SaigonNezumi said...

Lijiang is one of my dream travel spots. I forgot about it until you posted it. I studied about the Naxi people about 5 years ago. I really want to see the city.

Cool pics. I thought you were in the US?