Monday, August 8, 2011

Ancient town of Lijiang[Part 2]

When you do visit the town of Lijiang in China, beware of the fact that the state government charges you an extra 80 Remenbi tax for every tourist site you visit, but once you pay for one, you can actually use it for the rest...Don't be cheated!!!!!

You know...when I actually go to visit Disneyland in the USA, a one time entry fee covers most of the rides but NOOOOOO, this doesn't work in China! Found out the hard way...

1. Snow mountain scenic spot

5A(the best) scenic site in China, which covers the famous snow mountains

Guess how much we paid to just GET IN? 270 remenbi per person which amounts to gets better from here...

On the way up to the main location after paying

Voila ! RM135 to see DOES NOT include bus rides across the whole scenic site, in which you have to pay additional...and an additional RM230 to actually go to the snow mountains!WTH?

Could only take these two pathetic pictures from where I was standing! ggggrrrrrrrrrr...felt soooo ripped off!

2. Naxi Tribe Village

Don't be cheated here guys! Once you have paid the 80 remenbi tax at the first location, you only pay an additional 50 remenbi per person to get in here...

Beautiful landscape with the statue of the God of Nature

Drinking "holy water" from the fresh KIASU father filled our two plastic bottles up! EMBARRASING!

Got two coins right in the middle of the pot which holds another smaller bowl! WOOOOOTTZZ!! What luck?!? and got a free cd for it *winkz*

A temple within the village, can you imagine the architecture put in here???? WOW!

I know I'm a lil nonsensical but can you imagine????? An au naturel basin outside the toilet!

My father standing outside a Naxi villager's house

Learned how to grind...although my skills were terrible!

These Naxi villagers were so nice to allow me to go into their home to see how they lived..... And I realize that they lead simple lives with basic facilities, yet they are so happy!!!!

Then, my father insisted we visit their lil "yam cha"  place which sells home brewed rice wine

There were two types, pure rice wine and honey rice wine

ACK! Mom found it hard to swallow because it contained 35% alcohol!!!!

Naxi villagers allowed us to dress up as horsemen and play their instruments...such gentle and nice people

More beautiful landscape on the way out...if only I could live here....

We donated more money and got to dance with these old Naxi women, their local dance...teehee...they were so cute!

3. Horseback riding

Took a half hour ride across the meadows....this is the life!

In one day, we did so many touristy things but the first location left a bad taste in my mouth(if you get what I mean). We almost got cheated at the second location, but thanks to our tour guide, we found out that we didn't have to pay the state taxes anymore... *phew*

Thank goodness we entered the second location because it was definitely worth our time and money....not only was it beautiful, but it was worth the experience to meet the Naxi villagers and be a part of their culture for abit....:) And that's travelling in my eyes, experiencing how the natives live and immersing yourself in one's culture!

Will be heading to Bangkok soon, what would you guys like to see so I can find out for you???



Anonymous said...

I would like to see some "Thai girl" shows ms choo! hehehe


Triton said...

u r the bloggers in Kronenbourgh, library, mid valley yesterday?
i'm d caricature artist at the corner that..
ai ya, miss a chance 2 know u ..

Mei Sze said...

Jamie: Yes, I will try to get some pics for

Triton: Yes, I was there...I didn't see you...should have said hi..possibly the next event then:)

iwan said...

show me the riding skill miss choo... =)

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