It is difficult to imagine a more attractive setting than that of the Tea Boutique Hotel, halfway up Lion Hill in Lijiang, and the hotel itself is lovely. Our only problem was in getting our kutundu (luggage) to the door, as we were parked over the other side of Lion Hill (traffic is not allowed in the old town at certain times).
There were thousands of Chinese tourists in Lijiang old town (it receives about 5 million visitors each year), a UN World Heritage Site and a main town on the ancient Tea Horse trail. Unlike other ancient towns, there are no city walls, as its builders wanted it to be seen as an trading city, open to all.
We headed for the market, where they sold enormous vegetables.
After bumping into the two Canadians again, we wandered into an old building without a sign to find a courtyard which turned out to be a bar and restaurant. The guy in the picture below, who laughed all the time, was very interested in practicing his English, and bought us both a beer. Later on, talking to another western tourist, it turned out that that sort of thing happens a lot. Fat Mac would be in his element.
The ladies in the photo above set up an impromptu dance in the main square. The dance was very gentle.
For tea, we had fish and yak.