Posted on May 26, 2011
Intact and majestic, the ancient city of Lijiang is one of the most beautiful places in China. Browse palaces, canals and bridges is an adventure of the senses.
From the shores of Lake Lugu, a reflecting pool shared by the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan, nature can be seen at its best. The calm waters make it all seem part of a painting on silk and peace of Musuo its inhabitants from hard times to clarify, complement the feeling.
The exoticism is just beginning: all the guidebooks say Musuo are the last matriarchal society in the world. True or not, this ethnic group has kept alive their ancestral, and gather around the "zuwu" (room Grandma clan) to discuss their problems customs.
The skyline of Musuo, however, unable to dodge the consequences of increased tourism, and without losing any of the quaintness of their habits, they have been able to be recycled. Today some houses have been transformed into small hotels. There are many travelers from staying Lijiang, City "star" of Yunnan.
Venice of the East
Located 270 kilometers from Lake Lugu, Lijiang is a city of eight hundred and three hundred stone bridges built during the reign of the Ming and Qing dynasties Today, although preservation is held, the movement is restricted. Cars can not walk cobblestone streets and waterways are navigable.
These limitations have not frightened anyone. More and more tourists come here to wander the magical corners of this ancient city with wood and brick houses that have been built with a high criterion of perfection and harmony.
Near Lijiang, there are many other places worth visiting. Among the highlights, we found the stone city of Baoshan (100 miles north) and Jade Spring Park, a space that combines the exquisite Chinese gardening along with numerous pictographs placed in walls and columns.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 by UNESCO, Lijiang is not only one of the most visited websites in the country but also the powerful witness of the past fulgoroso China.