"Other aspects of Lijiang" Lijiang Off The Beaten Path Tip by John195123

Lijiang Off The Beaten Path: 26 reviews and 59 photos

  Bamboo Pipe, Lijiang
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  • Bamboo Pipe, Lijiang - Lijiang
      Bamboo Pipe, Lijiang
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  • Crumbling Wall - Lijiang
      Crumbling Wall
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  • Mother and Baby - Lijiang
      Mother and Baby
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  • More lanterns - Lijiang
      More lanterns
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  • Red-hot chilis - Lijiang
      Red-hot chilis
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There's more here than the tourist stuff. Just look around and it's a nice place... men smoking bamboo pipes, mothers and babies, chilis hung to dry, walls crumbling to reveal the inner layers- a physical embodiment of the facade that is China. Right now I'm dealing with angry superiors for not letting students cheat on the makeup exam they took after cheating on the first semester exam. Anyway, back on track here, Lijiang is a facade, but it's quite a pleasant one. It's a tourist destination, kept intact for tourists, while sucking up their dollars as fast as possible. It's a hive of capitalism and commercialism, and a beautiful one at that. Lijiang is a unique contrast between old China (architecturally) and new China (economically), and it's an interesting place because of it.

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  • Updated May 18, 2008
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