China – Lijiang

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Lijiang us one of the few authentic Chinese villages that formed a whole new modern town around themselves. This is the place where 300 Naxi families and their picturesque house blossom together with a city of 1 million population. The town lies on the tourist industry and more specifically relies on 99% local Chinese tourists and 1% international tourists. That statistics shows how uneasy it is to hear about the little jewel of Baisha Old Town and therefore it remains well-preserved and protects the 400 years of history of the Naxi people.
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang

 

Lijiang gave us some hope that there might be well-preserved authentic villages in China. A large water mill, narrow canals overlooked by weeping willows and small enough not to fit a boat, wooden buildings with red lanterns, curvy streets leading to amazing views and colorful scripts. All of those confirmed the charm of China we knew from the exotic photos and tourist books.
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang

We thought we’ll never leave the Old Town because of the limited time we had and because everything was so charming and interesting. Anyway, the new part of the town attracted our аttention because of the Public Hospital there. Unfortunately we had to try its services and the contemporary Chinese medicine. The public hospital services are free of charge and high quality. It took 30 minutes to see the doctor, conduct some tests, get a diagnose, and buy medicines. Chinese people complain about the speed of the medical treatment! The demand for healthcare must have helped reaching this perfection in medical and hospital services. There is no other way to treat 100 people per hour, unless you are fast and effective. Has it ever happened to you that you get the blood test results before you fix your sleeve from blood sampling?

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the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang

To finish with a happy ending we visited a musical concert with authentic instruments from the golden times of the Naxi culture. All the musicians were very professional and mature and turned out to be very popular in different parts of the world. The folklore music is an interesting highlight that needs bigger audiences locally. Imagine the fairy sounds and voices!
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang
the authentic Chinese village of Lijiang

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