Lijiang Photo Gallery

Lijiang's history dates from the 13th century when the Mu family moved their capital from nearby Baisha. The town was built along the mountain slopes facing the river, radiating from the commercial centre at Sifangjie. Lijiang survived many major earthquakes over its history, with the most recent in 1996. It is now a higher-end tourist trap with many fancy hotels, making it a Disneyland with traditional Chinese architecture.

Locals use this water source to wash vegetables, clothes, and floor mats.

I couldn't spot many locals, which is probably because the old town centre is now a tourist zone with shops and cafes. The odd local from the Naxi tribe would appear every long while and then.

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