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This shot is taken from the balcony of the "new" temple on the hilltop overlooking Old Town. The roofs, being so densely packed, have been th esubject of many a tourist photo, including a few on this site. I thought the one little modern item, the turquoise awning, added not only a single touch of colour, but a reminder that this city really is a part of today's world.

Lijiang, in the NW corner of Yunnan, is a great tourist city. The old town has cobbled lanes, no roads wide enough for cars, is criss crossed by canals and still has its original style of wooden houses. Now add;
- scenery that puts it just into the mountains that reach up into Tibet,
- a variety of ethnic minorities that still maintain their dress, cuisine and other customs,
- excellent roads and an airport,
- tons of guest houses, restaurants and hawkers.

Further up the road you'll find Tiger Leaping Gorge on the upper reaches of the Yangtze, and Zhongdian, a Tibetan community. Three hours by bus closer to Kunming is the other main tourist stop in the area, Dali.

Sharpened and minor cropping to remove a few branches.

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