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Scouting photos - Yunnan, November 2010

In November 2010 we went to Yunnan on a scouting trip, visiting the area around Lijiang before heading on to Shangri-La. As usual, we took a lot of photos!

The purpose of the scouting was to figure out what areas were most interesting to visit, and where we could do a bit of hiking as well. We'll be doing a 4-day trip to Lijiang and Shangri-La in November 2011 - the photos below will give you an idea of what there is to see down there!

Lijiang area
Lijiang is a small city (as far as cities in China go!) surrounded by mountains in the north west of Yunnan Province. Lijiang is most famous for its rather commercialised Old Town, but there are also smaller 'old towns' nearby in which you can get a look at the day-to-day life of people in the area as you wander the streets and country lanes.

Naxi minority dancers, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Elderly ladies of Lijiang dance in the main square of the Old City.

Lion Hill pagoda, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

The pagoda on top of Lion Hill, Lijiang Old City.

Roofs of Lijiang Old City, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Lijiang Old City, seen from Lion Hill.

Mountains and fields north of Lijiang, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Views of fields and mountains north of Lijiang.

Cow, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010
Houses in the fields, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Fields and small settlements north of Lijiang.

Yulong Mountain, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

'Jade Dragon' Mountain, covered by clouds.

Naxi lady carrying firewood, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A Naxi woman carrying firewood in the country lanes to the north of Lijiang's Shuhe Ancient Town.

Majiang on the streets of Shuhe, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A game of majiang on the streets of Shuhe Ancient Town.

Shuhe, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A river runs through the ancient town of Shuhe, north of Lijiang.

Pipe smoker, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A fancy hat and a long pipe, Shuhe Ancient Town.

Street stall, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Fruit on sale on the cobbled streets of Shuhe.

Gathering of elderly ladies, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Elderly inhabitants of Baisha Town, north of Shuhe.

Guesthouse, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Relaxing in a guesthouse in Shuhe, Lijiang.

Street snacks, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A street-side selection of Lijiang's local specialty snacks.

Lijiang snacks, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Clockwise, from top left: Naxi Kao Yu, steamed cakes, 'local vegetables', Lijiang baba.

Shangri-La area
There are quite a few places named Shangri-La these days; we drove out and visited the Shangri-La formerly known as Zhongdian.

Fields, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Mist covers fields below the road to Shangri-La.

Temple, clouds, mountains, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A hilltop temple.

Lakeside town, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A lakeside settlement, passed on the way to Shangri-La.

Mountains, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

A view of Meili Snow Mountain.

Fields, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

The platforms that look like giant chairs are used to keep things dry during floods.

Ethnic costume, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Traditional costume in Shangri-La.

Shangri-La, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Cobbled streets and shops.

Alleyway, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

Shangri-La street scene.

Golden bell, Beijing Hikers Yunnan scouting, November 2010

The golden prayer wheel of Shangri-La's Songzanlin temple.

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