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Monday, February 28, 2011

Yunnan Tales - Lijiang

I had not seriously considered having a travel blog, and had saved my photographs from  years of travel in the hard disks of computers, never to be viewed again! Enough of that, I decided. Now that I have some time on my hands, I shall begin to share the snapshots  I have taken and the impressions I have gathered of these new places while they are still fresh in my mind. I shall begin with those of my latest travel destination, Yunnan, China.

These photographs are of places that one must not miss when in Yunnan.

Favourite Destination Number 1: Yu Long Xue Shan

My absolute favourite, absolutely! The mountains are inspiring. If I had any artistic talent, I would paint these snow-capped mountains. 

Clouds cover the mountain-top as we drive towards the Yulong Mountain in the morning mist.

As the mist lifted, we are excited to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain.

Feel invigorated by the cold mountain air.
The snow-covered mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, so they named it Jade Dragon Snow Mountain…

Imagine the Jade Dragon guarding the mountain...

Spruce Meadow is about 3,000 metres above sea-level.
The Naxi people believe that this meadow is the entrance to heaven...

 The mountain is even more spectacular viewed from Spruce Meadow.

Virgin spruce forest on the eastern side of the mountain

A captivating scene with snowfall still on the ground.
When you are in the vicinity, do not miss out on the epic production by famous Chinese director-producer,Zhang Yimou who directed blockbuster movies like Raise The Red Lantern and Curse of the Golden Flower.

The production, entitled Impression Lijiang portrays the life of the minority people of Lijiang like the Naxi, Bai and Yi minority.

The introduction is arresting - more than 400 actors in traditional attire representing different ethnic groups shout out loud that they are farmers, but they are also stars! 
This is a scene from a production by famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou

The production is called Impression Lijiang.

The stage is in the open air, and the backdrop is the actual mountain.

The cast come right up to the audience in their performance. This one was just beside my seat!

More Yulong  Xue Shan mountain images for you below...I just cannot help liking the shots I share with you.

From this angle, the peaks really resemble the back of a dragon!

The mountain in a different mood...

How would you like to wake up and see this view out of your window?!

More scenic shots coming up in my next'll be surprised what Yunnan has in store for nature lovers!

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