Relaxing in Lijiang


1. Chengdu 12.04.10

2. Chengdu 13.04.10

3. Chengdu 14.04.10

4. Chengdu - Maoxian 15.04.10

5. Maoxian 16.04.10

6. Maoxian 17.04.10

7. Maoxian-Chengdu 18.04.10

8. Chengdu 19.04.10

9. Chengdu 20.04.10

10.Chengdu 21.04.10

11.Chengdu - Kunming 22.04.10

12.Kunming 23.04.10

13.Kunming 24.04.10

14.Kunming (Shilin) 25.04.10

15.Kunming 26.04.10

16.Kunming - Dali 27.04.10

17. Dali 28.04.10

18. Dali-Lijiang 29.04.10

19. Lijiang 30.04.10

20. Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge 01.05.10

21. Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang 02.05.10

22. Lijiang-Kunming 03.05.10

23. Kunming 04.05.10

24. Kunming (West Lake Mountain) 05.05.10

25. Kunming 06.05.10

26. Chengdu 07.05.10

27. Chengdu (Airport) 08.05.10

28. Chengdu (Dujiangyan) 09.05.10

29. Chengdu (Cykelværktøj) 10.05.10

30. Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou 11.05.10

31. Jiuzhaigou 12.05.10

32. Jiuzhaigou-Songpan 13.05.10

33. Songpan-Maoxian 14.05.10

34. Maoxian 15.05.10

35. Maoxian 16.05.10

36. Maoxian (Rådhuset) 17.05.10

37. Maoxian - Chengdu 18.05.10

38. Chengdu 19.05.10

39. Chengdu-Guangyuan 20.05.10

40. Guanggyuan-Xi'an 21.05.10

41. Xi'an 22.05.10

42. Xi'an (Moskeen) 23.05.10

43. Xi'an 24.05.10

44. Xi'an - Chongqing 25.05.10

45. Chongqing 26.05.10

46. Chongqing 27.05.10

47. Chongqing-Chengdu 28.05.10

48. Chengdu-Shifang 29.05.10

49. Shifang-Anchang 30.05.10

50. Anchang-Deyang 31.05.10

51. Deyang-Chengdu 01.06.10

52. Chengdu 02.06.10

53. Chengdu - CPH 03.06.10





Friday 30.04.10
I've used the day considering what to do next and relaxing.
First I decide to stay one more day. Next that I will go to Tiger Leaping Gorge on a two day trek, where I'll stay for the night somewhere in the road. The gorge is called so, because it's so narrow, that a tiger once leaped across. Has there ever lived tigers here? I doubt it. There is an austrian couple to accompany me, Markus and I don't know her name yet. I also spoke to a japanese and a finn up at the park, they wanted to go there tomorrow too, but that's another story that I will tell now.
After breakfast - a big pancake I bought yesterday - I went exploring the city. Searching for the best view of it. That was when I met the two persons just mentioned. They've obviously had the same idea.
There was it turned out an even better spot, because there was entrance to a park on the top. With a temple or pavillion. So I paid the 15 RMB and entered. A fine view! On my way further up the stairs - they were long and steep - I had to stop to catch my breath. We're probably at a higher altitude than Kunmings 2000 m?
In the pavillion a munk had me lighting an incense stick and putting it in the bowl. He mumbled prayers for me while I had a wooden pearl bracelet in my hands and he wanted me to keep for the neat price of 100 RMB! As I might have looked overwhelmed he immidiately lowered his price to 50. I said I didn't have so much money and didn't want anything, but was willing to donate a small sum to the temple. Which I did.

Beautiful traditional building in Old Lijiang   View of the Old Lijiang


Afterwards I strolled around the city, in the more modest alleys without many tourists. There are some streams to orientate by, one of them goes along the main tourist street. At another sat two women washing clothes.
I've been to the supermarket in the new part of town at the Mao statue to buy stocks for the next days, charged my batteries and that kind og things.
I decide to use two days in Tiger Leaping Gorge and to stay in my dormitory even there is a vacant single room. It's probably not going to be cheap to sleep on the mountain or where ever it is. I've been speaking to the austrian couple several times, they want to do the same, so I'll join them.

Nice public toilet in the park   Washing in the stream