Lijiang – China part 2 of 5

July 29, 2011

Lijiang was the second city that we visited in China and it couldn’t be more than different than Shanghai.  It was a breath of fresh air and was easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.  The city of Lijiang is mostly known for it’s Old Town area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with history dating back more than 800 years.  It is at the base of the Himalayan Mountains and has a population of approximately 1,250,000 people, most of whom visited and never left.  It’s very understandable why one would never want to leave this place because of the beautiful mountains and relaxed pace of life.

We arrived in Lijiang in the mid afternoon and were taken directly to dinner before being dropped off at our hotel in Old Town.  After getting checked in to the hotel, we had the rest of the night to ourselves and my friends and I did a little bit of exploring but we didn’t venture out too far.  Others in our groups made it a later night and found a few bars to bounce between.  Luckily in this city the bars weren’t littered with whores such the way it was our first night out in Shanghai.

Old Town in Lijiang, China