September 1, 2009

 

As one of the most biologically diverse regions in Yunnan, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain hads been an important plant-hunting ground since early 20th century. Amongst the famous plant-hunters was Joseph Rock, an Austro-American, was one of them, who came to Lijiang in 1922 and lived until 1949. The mountain is home to 60 species of animals including snub-nosed monkey and red pandas and 3200 species of 145 families of seed plants . Three scenic spots have been developed for tourism , Ganhaizi , where tourists can take the cable-cargondola up to 4500 meters (14800 feet)above sea level. Two lower ones are Spruce Meadow atof 3200 meters (10500 feet) and Yak Meadow atof 3700 meters (12200 feet).

September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

Walk against the current of Jade River from Water Wheels on the northern edge of the Old Town for around 10 minutes , and you will see one of the entrances to the park of Black Dragon Pool Park. The spring-fed pools water covers an area of 40,000 square meters (10 acres) . The pool is fed by springs. In the park , there are some old buildings dating back to 600 years. ago. The Dongba Culture Institute and Dongba Culture Museum inside the park are well worth visitingchecking out. 200 years ago, a temple by the water was named Dragon God Temple by the King Kangxi in Qing Dynasty.

 

September 1, 2009

 

 

Built in the late Song Dynasty, 800 years ago, crisscrossed by the canals, bridges, the Old Town of Lijiang attracts tourists to spend most of their time in the town. There are roughly 6,000 families living in the Old Town , who used to fetch and carry their drinking water from the canals. With its center at the Market Square , where the Naxi ladies meet to are chatting , local hunters are standing proudly with falcons resting on their gloved fists., tThe Old Town looks very so charming , especially after rain. All the houses are built in the traditional style , a combination of Naxi, Bai and Tibetan architecture. These wooden houses mostly withstood stood up strongly to survive the 1996 earthquake of 7 on the Richter scale happened in 1996 , better than the more recent concrete houses in the new town . UNESCO was so impressed by how well the old part of the town has been preserved that they listed the Old Town of Lijiang as a World’s Cultureal Heritage Site. Near the center, there is stands Mu’s Mansion, recently rebuilt after the earthquake with the loans from World Bank. It was once the palace where the local chieftains of 22 generations spent their lives.

September 1, 2009

Lijiang is a beautiful shining jewel on the Northwest Yunnan Plateau neighboring the southeast side of the Tibetan Plateau which is considered to be the Roof of the World . It covers an area of 20,600 square kilometers with a population of 1,030, 000. The whole district is comprised of four counties: Lijiang, Yongsheng, Huaping and Ninglang. LiJiangs weather is remark-ably pleasant. Spring there lasts as long as 241 days and there is no hot summer. Lijiang is 603 kilometers away from Kunming and 280 kilometers from the JingJiang Railway Station on the Kunming – Chengdu line. The airport in LiJiang had been opened in 1994.There are quite a few tourist attractions in Lijiang such as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and its modern maritime glacier, the only one of its kind in the southern end of the Northern Hemisphere; the Tiger Leaping Gorge ( Hutiaoxia ); the world-famous grand canyon; Lugu Lake, the cultural cradle of the Matriarchy of the Yongning Mosuo people in Ninglang; the Old Town of Dayan Lijiang, which is referred to by European and American tourists as the Oriental Venice .All these natural sceneries as well as these cultural treasures of the local peoples, such as Dongba Culture, Naxi Classical Music, Baisha Murals and Mosuo Customs, have been continuously drawing tourists from all over the world.