Horsetrip on Jade Dragon Mountain
Once you get out of the local bus terminal, at the foot of the Yu Long Xueshan, (Jade Dragon Mountain), after about one and a half hours driving from Lijiang, you will see on a higher meadow some horses ready to clime up the mountain on a horseback. The price is about 80 Yuan and for taller people, you have to stand on their very old weighting machine to check the right horse for you.
Then from this meadow at about 3000 m. high, you will ride on your horseback to the highest point of this mountain. The way up is not to difficult, but after a pause on the top, you'll ride down about the same small path and on the very steep parts, where your horse can take a short cutting to come quickier back home, you have to keep firmly the saddle.
When you'r lucky, you could cross on your ride to the top, a Long Haired Yak, who can reach 2 m. tall at his shoulders, and living only between 3000 and 5000 m. I took his picture no. 3 on a horse back, so rather difficult and a bit fuzzy.
I didn't go in, but it seems like the probably serve some Hanified version of French food. It'd probably be good here, with as many foreign tourists as they have. Anyway, if you want to get away from the Chinese and Naxi, it may be a place to go.
So, on the second visit, we had breakfast here... pretty good, though nothing really special. I wonder how this place is doing, considering.
Climb to the top of the Snow Mountain
It's worthwhile to take the cable car and go the highest allowed peak of the Snow Mountain. I especially enjoyed watching all the red jackets climbing up the mountain, with the bells and chimes hanging along the paved pathway. It is a big test for your lungs though. I was ok at first but gets tired after climbing 10-15 flights or so. You would feel like the world is swirling around you and everything is starting to turn black. Guess that's Altitude Sickness, aye?!
My hostel owner told me that the government bend all internet connections within Lijiang Old Town. I found one computer in the DongBa Hostels/Restaurant but was DARN SLOW! 10 mins to check one email! Take a walk outside to the new town, I notice there are some big internet places which claim using broadband connections, I did not go in so no comment.
Best of Yunnan
"The place to be in Yunnan"
In same same Yunnan province, you can reach Lijiang (via Kunming), which is one of the top tourist spots (for domestic travellers) in China. Being in the mountains at 1800m of sea level, you can have some great views on the Yulong Snow Mountain (5600m - photo below) and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Lijiang (in the list of UNESCO's world heritage sites since 1997). Lots of the city was destroyed during a powerful earthquake in 1996 but the Chinese have reconstructed and restored the old city with good results.
For nature lovers, I recommend the famous Tiger-Leaping Gorge, a 2-hour drive away from Lijiang.
"Map of Yunnan"
Getting to Lijiang via Kunming.