"Sharrie's Lijiang Ancient Culture" Lijiang by Sharrie
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LIJIANG: An ancient town that lies NW of Yunnan Province & about 40 mins by flight from Kunming (580 km / 360 miles). It`s very close to Tibet & Zhongdian (Shangrila).
Lijiang survives on tourism & is a mountain town of stones & tiles laced with many canals. A very pleasant town to walk in (though the temperature can be freezing before 10 am & after 6 pm) with a population of around 400,000. There are 22 minorities in Lijiang; the majority of which are Naxi, Yi, Lisu, Bai, Pumi, Dai, Miao, Tibetan, Hui & Zhuang.
Why was Lijiang built with no walls while most cultural cities in China were built with walls to protect outside invasions?
During the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang gave the name `Mu` (meaning wood) to the family who was ruling Lijiang then. In Chinese Character, if one place a wall around the word `mu`, the word becomes `kun` which means entrapment & difficulty. That sounds unlucky! Hence, since the very beginning, there had been a rule `no walls around Lijiang`.
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