Who here knows a Chinese proverb or two? Perhaps you can help me decipher this mystery of a sign? Now, a little background. This sign, like so many, many others, is in the Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lijiang located in the southwestern Yunnan province. Lijiang is surrounded by lots of dramatic mountains and […]
Behold, the striking beauty that is the tourist hot spot of Lijiang, one of China’s UNESCO World Heritage for its stunningly preserved old town, pictured above. But with many a tourist comes many a store. And of course, almost all of those stores sell the same products, so, like any tourist destination, competition for names […]
Say What?? Travel Photo: Clean Up!
China does nothing on a small scale. Between the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, you may have picked up on this. But their fascination with doing things big time stretches throughout the country, leading to some hefty decor for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites! You’re probably thinking, “But I thought World Heritage […]
Old China: Disney-fied
What is it about fame that changes people…or towns for that matter? As if I hadn’t experienced enough of a town gone famous in Lijiang, I’m now getting a full dose of it in Dali (pronounced Daw-lee), another of Yunnan’s “must see” sights. Touristy barely begins to describe this town (and Lijiang, for that matter); […]
Picture, if you will, that vision of ancient China you’ve always had. Tiny stone streets that weave their way from one plaza to another, passing endless Chinese-style buildings with that oh-so-distinctive style of roof. Now what if I told you I was standing in the midst of a Chinese town that looked just like that […]