Chiarman Mao Alive?
After dinner, I wondered around Lijiang Old Town, found this "alive Chairman Mao". He looks very real (he is indeed a real person) and was posting Mao's posts in front of my camera. In fact, he was trying to attract customers to browse/buy his calligraphy.
Many modes: plane, bus, taxi, feet
Lijiang has daily flight between Kunming and other major cities in Yun Nan province; it also has 'direct' flight to Shanghai (via Kunming, stop for an hour) during the week. (Flight Kunming-Lijiang: RMB 420), Flight Lijiang-Shanghai (RMB 2,000).
One can take a taxi from Kunming, Dali, or Zhongdian, or take long distance (possible overnight sleeping bus). Taxi Lijiang-Dali (RMB 400), Bus RMB 50 (with A/C).
Across the intersection from Guan Fang Hotel, airport shuttle bus would take you to/from the Lijiang Airport for RMB 10 (Taxi around RMB 80).
Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang is seperated into old and new towns. Staying in Old Town is a must to really experience the criss-crossing canals, bridges and maze-like narrow streets. The main focus of Old Town in the Old Market Square, where the Naxi women, in their traditional dresses, congregate.
Enjoyment Rating = 3.5 out of 5
Baisha Naxi Village
Lijiang Mural is quite different from other frescos, these vivid true-life frescos is rural and unconstrained. Each painting includes at least one hundred portraits, very well perspective drawing with clear images. The various lifelike portraits are not only Buddhas, many of the scenes are drawn from daily life, people are shown fishing, riding horses, weaving, dancing and casting iron.
Waterways seem to be the thing in this neck of the woods. They are used for washing clothes and food, and, though they are relatively clean with little garbage, they still have a lot of algae and fish. I don't recommend drinking from them, but they're nice to look at.