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China Lijiang: Yunnan Snow White

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Lijiang is a beautiful city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is located in a beautiful valley and its labyrinth of cobbled streets, wooden houses and water canals winding through the city promise a rest of a few days after so much backpack and so many places visited.

The only problem in this city is that the Chinese have turned it into a kind of Disneyland and it looks more like a decoration than a city. Called Eastern Venice because of its infinite number of canals, there are more shops than houses and more tourists (mostly Chinese) than inhabitants. The locals wear their traditional ethnic dresses that seem to come out of Snow White's locker room and through the streets the food overflows everywhere, including hanging hams, yak and an infinity of vegetables.

We arrived in Lijiang with a bus from Dali. The road was spectacular between the mountains through the fog and the driver seemed to be late for his own wedding as he was unable to stay behind another car and kept beating and overtaking the thick fog and invisible curves!

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