Lijiang Baisha Old Town,where you deserve to take a few days off
A few days ago,I made a tour to the world famous Lijiang ancient town,which is ,as is known,recognized as the World Cultural Heritage composed of Dayan Old Town,Shuhe Old Town and Baisha Old Town.Many People are tired of seeing the huge crowd in the Dayan and Baisha and would like to have a bit of tranquility and peace, meanwhile not missing the taste of old town.Yeah!The Baisha is perfect.I stayed there for a week and was deeply affected by the peaceful life of local Naxi people.The first place to visit is of course the Baisha Murals.
And when done seeing the murals, I exited to this stretch of small stalls selling local crafts such as embroidered cushion covers, bells and dyed cloth (amongst other things).The place is literally deserted so it’s nice if you like peace and quiet. I find it hard to ever imagine this place being crowded.The guest
houses here are better looking than the ones in LiJiang Old Town.They look cleaner and larger and are more of boutique inns. You would get a lot more peace and quiet here too.Baisha is famous for their cloth. Cloth dyeing as well asembroidery.Here you will not find Flower Pastries being sold or Bongo Drums. There are no noisy shops blasting loud techno music to attract people either.Instead, along the streets you will find plenty of dyed cloth with designs of top less women and other things hanging on clothes lines suspended from poles / trees.Plenty of very picturesque cafes. I didn’t try the drinks or food but I did snap heaps of pictures coz each one was so pretty. Way too many to upload here though.The people here seem to be able to speak more English as well.This is a shop dedicated just to dyeing cloth.Further in from the entrance are rows and rows of hangiang cloth, freshly dyed.Baisha is very small and can be covered in an hour or 2, depending on how thoroughly you stop and look around. In fact, when you board a taxi and tell them to bring you to Baisha, they will most likely exclaim that “there is nothing there!”.But for someone who loves old architecture and stuff like that, it is an old treasure.
with nature.You get up in the morning in face of sun smiling to you,birds singing with you,flowers blooming for you.
Take a deep breath of the fresh air and enjoy your breakfast after morning brushing.You will also find the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which is the holy mountain for Naxi people just so close to you when you take a break on the upper floor with flowers around.Life can be so amazing when you take a sip of the tea whose leaves may be from the hundreds-year ancient trees in the afternoon and have a small talk with people from all over the world.At night,look into the sky full of stars sitting on the swing without thinking anything.In the yard,there are a great variety of flowers planted.The chrysanthemum,roses,galsang flower,camellia,strawberry,pear trees and so on.
Visiting Baisha is a MUST for a day when you’re in LiJiang, to catch your breath from all the hustle and bustle and going around to the tourist attractions.