Dude’s top 5 favorite things in Lijiang, China

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Pretending to be a model in LiJiang

Tigerair has resumed direct flights between Singapore and Lijiang for a cheap price of SGD319 (I checked myself)! They sent me and 4 others there last week so we can spread the word! I was sent as a Sports+Travel Magazine writer! 

Honestly, I never heard of Lijiang until tiger told me and thought it was going to be a “pass-through-city” to get to more famous places like Shangri-la up north. I’ve never been so wrong.

Pretending to be a model in LiJiang
Me pretending to be a model in LiJiang, with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. Shot and directed by Rina

Lijiang IS the place to visit and not just a pass through. The place is so famous for its beauty, it got my dad excited when I told him I was going. I must have been living under a rock (Singapore).

We traveled early November, it was autumn, temperatures were cold. No snow yet but I brought my puffer jacket anyway. It came in useful.

Here are my top 5 favorite things during this trip.

  1. THE MOUNTAINS 

    Forget the Swiss Alps, this is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in LiJiang
    Forget the Swiss Alps, this is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in LiJiang

Omg, the mountains and their little snow covered tips! It was as if Tigerair knew that I was hunting for mountains in the Netherlands last month. This is the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)

They have a cable car you can take up to the top but it wasn’t working at that time we were there :(

The rivers are blue!
The rivers are blue!

 

View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Shangri-la
View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Shangri-la
  1. THE PEOPLE (and Beer)

    I don't smoke but accepted a ciggy anyway just to be macho. I had to assume the masculine role because I was the only guy in the group. Held the cig in my fingers and pretended to smoke lol. We were drinking their own moonshine liqueur. For the longest time I've been strictly beer but this liqueur was not bad. I enjoyed it.  After awhile of chatting he started calling me "Da Gor" (mandarin for Bigger Brother) maybe because my name was just too hard to pronounce. My guide and driver heard it and burst out laughing. "Da Gor" became my name for the rest of the trip lol
    Hanging with the locals in Lijiang. I don’t smoke but accepted a ciggy anyway just to pose all macho. I had to assume the masculine role because I was the only guy in the group. Held the cig in my fingers and pretended to smoke lol. We were drinking the local moonshine. It was good. 
    After awhile of chatting he started calling me “Da Gor” (mandarin for Bigger Brother) maybe because my name was just too hard to pronounce. My guide and driver heard it and burst out laughing because the fella must have been twice my age. “Da Gor” became my name for the rest of the trip lol

The people are so friendly! And I’ve lived in other parts of china before (shanghai), the people here are way more chill in comparison. Lijiang is known as one of the most romantic cities in China. There are many stories where people would come here and meet the love of their lives and eventually settle down here by starting a business.

It is not hard to see why people might do that. Life is calmer and slower paced in this beautiful mountain city. It’s a party everyday! I didn’t find the love of my life though, perhaps because that saying only applies to people who speak Chinese and maybe because I wasn’t actively looking lol.

Their night life rocks!! So much more happening than our nightlife in Singapore. People talk to each other with minimal inhibition.

Old Town Lijiang is Party central
Old Town Lijiang is Party central

Most of the hotels, bars and night clubs are opened by locals and visitors who turned locals when they decided to settle there. The owners would sometimes be the live band at their own establishments. They make everyone feel at home… and drink more of course.

Twins I found in old town, Dali

 

Friendly Hawkers outside Song Zanlin Monastery didn't shy away from cameras. Just always remember to be polite and ask for permission before taking pictures of them, I know you really like their fashion choices.
Friendly Hawkers outside Song Zanlin Monastery didn’t shy away from cameras. Just always remember to be polite and ask for permission before taking pictures of them, I know you really like their exotic fashion choices.
  1. MY GUIDE 

    Rina, Founder of Lost Horizons Vacations and SNB best
    Rina, Founder of Lost Horizons Vacations and SNB best

I’ve been on many guide