Lijiang is definitely on the Chinese tourist trail. Tourist trap doesn't begin to cover it! However, like all really god tourist traps, despite the hoards the noise and rampant commercialism you can see still what originally attracted people to it.
The old town is a rabbit warren of narrow streets, lined, now, with tourist tat shops, food stalls, temples and god knows what else. It also has lots of small canals running through it which were the source of water for the town. Our guide emphasised how this worked. That there places were three large stone basins were filled by the mountain run-off water. The top one for washing people, the middle food and the bottom one clothes.
Below is a common site in Lijiang. Lots of young Han Chinese tourists dress up in local traditional costume and then spend an hour or two with a professional photographer going around the town having your picture taken and playing at being a model. At first I was quite mocking of it. However, after some reflection I changed my mind and thought it was probably quite a fun way for them to spend an hour or two.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.