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Bike Riding & lost again !!!

Had a great day being lost in the countryside outside Lijiang as we were trying to head to the villages of Shu He & Baisha. Rented bikes from our hostel for 15 yuan each & headed off with the mud map they gave us. The maps aren't very accurate at all ( definitely not us!) but we made wrong turns straight away! Got on track & went to The Dragon Pool. Cost a whopping 80 yuan each to get in ( $15Aus) just to look at a lake & a park. It was very pretty with willow trees & is the natural springs that feed the town. The water is crystal clear & it is a lovely park to wander around. We saw 3 couples get wedding pictures taken.

Head off to find the old town of Shu He & this is where we got soooo lost!!! We asked people every 50 metres & kept getting different answers. Sometimes they said turn left & would point right but 99% had no English & would point. We ended up on a backroad going past corn fields towards the mountains. We had been told & it was 5km & only takes 30 mins & we could not see any town in sight. One cute old naxi lady was laughing at us and pointing in one direction & then the next. We didn’t know where we would end up ! We passed many women working hard in fields & carrying heavy loads

Eventually found a main road, so thought we might finally be on the right track. After many more askings and many more pointings we found it!!!! It is just like Lijiang & an old town closed off to vehicles & full of cobblestoned streets & streams. Way less tourists and had a lovely peaceful feel. Grabbed some food here before heading off for Baisha 3 km away.

Again people were so helpful and when asked would point us in the right direction. Came into this very small old town that had just a handful of tourists. As we wandered down one street this old lady came over & put a book in my hand & it was full of comments of people having been to her house for tea, She was motioning me to follow her so we went down another street & up an alley . We came to her home in a small courtyard & we were seated on small stools around a low table & bought out a glass of green tea & plates with sesame seeds, peanuts in their shell, cake & wrapped nougats. Found out she was 72 years old & had 2 children ( all through sign language) She was so smiley & lovely & very tiny – only coming up to Nathans chest!!!

Left her house & the alley was blocked by a large bull & cart. There was no way I was going past a bull but it was the only way out & say I ran past hoping he wouldn’t kick me. Wandered up into the small town square where some traditional naxi musicians would start playing when a tourist entered the square & had a sign asking for donations. Another big bull wandered down the street, but this time on a lead!

Wandered up this street which had some tourist cafes & 1 place for accommodation. Out wandered Dr Ho, who I had read about in Lonely Planet – a famous herbalist who is well known in the west & has been featured in several documentaries. He showed me photocopies of newspaper artivcles & that he had been on Channel 7 in Australia on the Great Outdoors. He is a Dr & a herbalist & people come from all over the world to be treated withy hos herbal treatments. He does not charge people if they cannot afford it. He looks like the typical old chinese man with a long beard & traditional clothes. He is 86 years old & his wife is 85 year. He speaks several languages & gets his herbs from the mountains behind him . Snow Mountain is 5000 metres & is behind the village.Gave us a cup of his healthy green tea & then left us to chat to some newly arrived westerners. Quite a brilliant man!

Stopped for a drink in a cafe & triede some Naxi cake which was pretty good, but nothing like our cake. Time to ride him as now 4.30pm & e actually made it back to Lijiang in 40 minutes but still had to ask directions at every crossroads.

I was looking for this hotel to find out where the shuttle bus to the airport leaves from & asked in this shop. This girl who could speak English was trying to explain where it was & decided to hop on her bike & take us there. So sweet & helpful!!!.

Back at the hostel at 6pm, booked a mini bus to take us to Tiger Leaping Gorge for 30 yuan each & will pick us up near the hostel at 7.50am

Huge statue of Maotse

Huge statue of Maotse


Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool


Dressed up chinese posing for photo

Dressed up chinese posing for photo


View from bridge

View from bridge


Peaceful scenery

Peaceful scenery


16th century bridge

16th century bridge


Pavilion where they played chinese music

Pavilion where they played chinese music


Willows on the paths

Willows on the paths


Another classic sign

Another classic sign


Riding to She He

Riding to She He


Lovely naxi lady who gave directions

Lovely naxi lady who gave directions


People we passed on the road

People we passed on the road


On the road

On the road


On the road

On the road


On the road

On the road


On the road

On the road


On the road

On the road


She He Old Town

She He Old Town


The drinks get chilled in the cold spring wat

The drinks get chilled in the cold spring wat


Love this dog sleeping

Love this dog sleeping


Had some lunch here

Had some lunch here


Lunch break

Lunch break


Heading towards to Snow Mt - the top is in cl

Heading towards to Snow Mt - the top is in cl


Past crops

Past crops


Baisha Village

Baisha Village


Our 72 year old lady who invited us to tea

Our 72 year old lady who invited us to tea


She was sooo tiny!!!

She was sooo tiny!!!


Corn drying in someones courtyard

Corn drying in someones courtyard


The Famous Dr Ho - aged 86

The Famous Dr Ho - aged 86


Dr Ho's son & 85 year old wife

Dr Ho's son & 85 year old wife


Plying majong - I think???

Plying majong - I think???


Had a snack break here

Had a snack break here


Heading back to Lijiang

Heading back to Lijiang


There is a person under this carrying it all

There is a person under this carrying it all


Nath - where we had dinner

Nath - where we had dinner


Lijiang streets

Lijiang streets


A rooftop  cafe in Lijiang

A rooftop cafe in Lijiang


Lijiang streets

Lijiang streets

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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