Started exploration at BaiSha frescoes and temple, parking our Australian indigenous art beside the Naxi hieroglyphs (although didn't see any of these stick figures inside the compound….). The frescoes date between the Ming and the Qing dynasties, "a trinity of the Tibetan, the Han and the Naxi”. Continually surprised that we are able to get so close to national treasures and to be able to take photographs. Entrance to the Wenchang Palace was under the low-hanging split branches of a 500 year old Tamarix willow. The carved windows looked into gardens “full of the green and neat bonsai, the gentle wave of the fresh air, and smell of fragrance” It was certainly a tranquil space.
Took the bus through Old Shuhe village and on to Lijiang Old Town. Apparently the town layout was established around 3 streams, following the rules of Feng Shui. We started out at the water wheels and were told that to get out of the maze of complex and intricate narrow lanes we had to follow the stream up against the flow. Stalls were fascinating, as was the sign saying "don't forget to keep civilised behaviour during outing, and also shopping should be rational" (the men loved it!!) Sat to watch everything happening in the Square, including the traditional Nakhi people dancing.
Staff of restaurant opposite ours were not captivated by their leader's words....
|BoyRob SO pleased to see a eucalypt!|
|Even the waste has a temple of its own|