Lijiang and the surrounding mountainous region is home to Naxi people and is renowned for its beautiful towns, stunning landscape and laid back vibe. Towns like Dali had been back packer hangouts for years. Unfortunately, even at out leisurely pace, we couldn’t find time for all that was on offer so we chose to do the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek.
The trek started in confusion as no one really knew where the start was. The construction of a massive new rail bridge over the gorge had turned the original start point into a construction site and the alternative start lacked any form of signage.
The original plan was to head north from tiger leaping gorge to Shangri-La before west into Tibet then further to Kashgar on Chinas far west border. Unfortunately travel restrictions and permit requirements made this idea less feasible and much less appealing. Tibet and Kashgar would have to wait, the new plan was to head south east to the Li River then turn north through Chengdu and Xi’an before finally west. Tibets loss is Xing Ping’s gain.