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2013 Travels: #24 Lijiang Old Town

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on November 7, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Lijiang Old Town At Night

Lijiang Old Town At Night

Let me get this off my chest first – Lijiang (丽江) was a disappointment. A huge, huge disappointment.

The ancient town in Lijiang is supposed to be one of the most beautiful and well-preseved old towns in China. The old buildings with wooden exteriors and winding roads made of cobblestones remain relatively untouched since its heydays. And with a history of over 800 years, the old towns were inducted into the UNESCO Heritage Site list in the year 1997. So, how did someting so promising on paper go so wrong?

Two words. Mass tourism.

Actually, make that 3: Chinese mass tourism. Read More »