I want to wrap up talking about Lijiang by writing a little bit about the hostel where we stayed. I mentioned before that we were pointed in the direction of Mama Naxi’s several times by strangers without us even saying that’s where we were headed. So, if you’re the type of tourist who resents guidebook followers this place might not be for you. Sure enough when we arrived the place was packed with foreign faces, but for good reason! We had a really good experience at Mama Naxi’s.
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Like most tourist towns, Lijiang is packed with tourist agencies offering a wealth of attractions that, while possibly spectacular, will quickly empty your pockets. I don’t blame the Chinese for capitalizing on this lovely location- there is legitimately a ton of cool stuff to see. You can take a lift (or 4) up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and see a glacier. You can also pay at multiple locations for some sweet unobstructed mountain views. But, if you’re poor like Kevin and I, you can do free things, have a great time, and not know what you’re missing! We can’t say for sure how awesome the advertised tourist attractions are, but we have photo evidence that we got some pretty good views even without any >¥100 lift rides.
If I didn’t make it clear before, let me emphasize that Lijiang is generally not a cheap place to hang out. It’s a tourist mecca so it’s not exactly surprising. This means that you have to be a bit more creative and look a little harder for reasonable prices. When eating it’s tricky at first because there are tons of nice looking restaurants with English menus and western offerings. However, the temptation should wear off as you realize that every place is offering pretty much the same things and a lot of it looks better on the menu than it does on the plate (Chinese restaurants are known to have some interesting interpretations of western food!).
Hello!! Hope you all had a great week! Kevin and I dragged a little this week; I got really sick and spent much of it laying around feeling sorry for myself. However, it’s the weekend, and I’m feeling much better! I’m going to try and crank out some posts on the rest of our CNY trip while it’s fresh in my mind. I still have a lot to get through and plenty of pictures to post. Here goes!
After our little accidental adventure in Panzhihua, Kev and I were so relieved to get on an early bus and be on our way to Lijiang Saturday morning. We got up at 6:30, were on bus 64 by 7:00, and to the station before 7:30. I wrote last time about the whole Leshan/Lijiang mishap, which took up a bit of time. However, when we relized the error we were so grateful not to be heading back to Leshan that we didn’t care about the time that we lost!
If I went to the beach for my winter vacation instead of the mountains, I would have:
- Been much warmer.
- Spent so much more money.
- Had to spend time cropping mobs of tourists out of my pictures.
Hello! Last time I wrote about our trip I said that Kevin and I had just purchased some pretty budget friendly plane tickets to Shangri La that we were stoked about. However, much has changed since then. Instead of leaving Saturday, we decided to jump on a train Thursday night when Kevin got off of work. Also, instead of going to Shangri La, we decided to head first to Lijiang with the two extra days we gained from leaving on Thursday. We heard from many people that Lijiang wasn’t a place to miss, so since we were going to be in the area, we decided to stop by. Unfortunately, this last minute decision lacked a lot of planning and didn’t go exactly how we anticipated. Beginning with the train.