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Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016 (Part One)

In Brief: Forty photos from a fun trip in Yunnan Province, with plenty of pictures from side trips and walks.

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La.

Our five-day trip to Lijiang and Shangri-La hits the key sights of the two towns, and includes walks and side trips that explore more of what is often overlooked on visits to the area.

We start out in Lijiang, visiting the old town and hiking in the surrounding countryside.

After a good look about in Lijiang, we drive on through the mountains to Shangri-La, where the main sight is the Songzanlin Monastery.

See all the photos from the 2016 trip below!

(Part Two of the Lijiang and Shangri-La photos features a lot of up-close phone photos, for a different perspective.)

The Wangulou Pagoda on Lijiang’s Lion Hill - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The Wangulou Pagoda on Lijiang’s Lion Hill.

Lijiang Old Town in the foreground, the new city in the middle distance, and mountains behind - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Lijiang's Old Town in the foreground, the new city in the middle distance, and mountains behind.

A bird’s-eye view of Lijiang ancient town - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

A bird’s-eye view of Lijiang ancient town.

Red ribbons for good luck - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Red ribbons for good luck.

An ornamental gate for a guesthouse - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

An ornamental gate for a guesthouse.

Wind chimes in a park - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Wind chimes in a park.

One of the many bars in Lijiang’s old town - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

One of the many bars in Lijiang’s old town.

Local Lijiang snacks, made from barley flour - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Local Lijiang snacks, made from barley flour.

One of the old bridges over the canals of Lijiang old town - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

One of the old bridges over the canals of Lijiang's old town.

Stores selling snacks and trinkets in the lanes of Lijiang - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Stores selling snacks and trinkets in the lanes of Lijiang.

Flowers decorate this gate - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Flowers decorate this gate.

One of the landmarks in Lijiang ancient town—water wheels - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

One of the landmarks in Lijiang ancient town—water wheels.

Our first dinner in Lijiang – local cuisine and plenty of Shangri-La beers - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Our first dinner in Lijiang – local cuisine and plenty of Shangri-La beers.

A decorative archway, with engraved characters that mean loyalty and righteousness - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

A decorative archway, with engraved characters that mean loyalty and righteousness.

A street for buying jade – a little bit of a gamble unless you know what you’re looking for - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

A street for buying jade – a little bit of a gamble unless you know what you’re looking for.

A morning scene in Lijiang, with people taking goods to the local market - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

A morning scene in Lijiang, with people taking goods to the local market.

Naxi ladies dancing in the town square - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Naxi ladies dancing in the town square.

The traditional dance - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The traditional dance.

Looks like fun! - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Looks like fun!

The spring in Black Dragon Park - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The spring in Black Dragon Park.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Locals out for a morning walk - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Locals out for a morning walk.

Taichi - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Taichi.

Traditional songs and traditional instruments - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Traditional songs and traditional instruments.

People bring their birds down to the park – a bit like taking your dog for a walk - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

People bring their birds down to the park – a bit like taking your dog for a walk.

Preparing local snacks with her grandchild on her back - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Preparing local snacks with her grandchild on her back.

Fruits and flowers for sale in a countryside town - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Fruits and flowers for sale in a countryside town.

We hiked through the countryside - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

We hiked through the countryside.

Fruit for sale in another countryside town - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Fruit for sale in another countryside town.

The ancient Horse and Tea Road went through this area, and the wooden horse here commemorates that - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The ancient Horse and Tea Road went through this area, and the wooden horse here commemorates that.

Dressing up like a local - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Dressing up like a local.

We’re now in Shangri-La, on a hike to Songzanling Monastery - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

We’re now in Shangri-La, on a hike to Songzanling Monastery.

Up the big hill in front of the monastery - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Up the big hill in front of the monastery.

Tibetan lady taking a break from collecting grass - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Tibetan lady taking a break from collecting grass.

Pigs in front, and the Songzanling Monastery behind - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Pigs in front, and the Songzanling Monastery behind.

Great spot for a photo - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Great spot for a photo.

The monastery reflected in the lake - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The monastery reflected in the lake.

The entrance to the monastery - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The entrance to the monastery.

A monk cleaning bowls which are used to accept offerings - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

A monk cleaning bowls which are used to accept offerings.

The pigs got into the monastery as well - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The pigs got into the monastery as well.

We visited a Tibetan family guesthouse for lunch - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

We visited a Tibetan family guesthouse for lunch.

The guesthouse was very colourful inside! - Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

The guesthouse was very colourful inside!

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