Yangtze River and Stone Drum Village in Yunnan Province

On our second day in Lijiang, we took a driving tour arranaged through our hotel, the Bivou, out to view the Yangzte River, to tour the Stone Drum Village, and then finally to see the Tiger Leaping Gorge, all wonderful places to visit in Yunnan Province.

Recent changes to Chinese law have prevented more skyscrapers from being built, have closed factories and prevented large-scale businesses from operating in Yunnan Province. The absence of industrialization has helped to preserve the heritage and to make sure tourism remains in tact….plus the added benefit of blue skies and clean air. I felt rejuvenated by being under the big blue skies, mountain peaks surrounding us, and a huge river flowing through it all.  Tourism is estimated to be so big in Lijiang that 5 star hotels are popping up (like Intercontinental) and private residences with the St. Regis brand.

At more than 3,900 miles in length, the Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, and home to the largest dam. Our driver took us to the best place to see the Yangtze River’s most famous bend. The hike to the top of the hill revealed a beautiful vista – a quaint village on one side, river in the middle, orderly fields in shades of green on the other side and mountains framing it. It was incredible!

The village next to the most famous bend in the Yangtze River, Yunnan Province, China.

The village next to the most famous bend in the Yangtze River, Yunnan Province, China.

Yangtze River Banks

Yangtze River Banks

Yangtze River Banks with mountains in the background.

Yangtze River Banks with mountains in the background.

High atop a mountain, overlooking the Yangtze River. It's the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world.

High atop a mountain, overlooking the Yangtze River. It’s the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world.

We then spent an hour or so wandering through the Stone Drum Village. It was market day there so vendors were selling household goods, fresh produce, street food and enjoying a good piece of gossip.

Up through the village we found shops and workers, and a beautiful temple to explore.  Plus there was an awesome wooden bridge to run across, and, if you so desired, to meditate.

Selling handy basket/seat combos on the roadside in the Stone Drum Village, Yunnan Province.

Selling handy basket/seat combos on the roadside in the Stone Drum Village, Yunnan Province.

I love it when I see happy old Chinese people. It's somewhat rare, so worth taking a picture!

I love it when I see happy old Chinese people. It’s somewhat rare, so worth taking a picture!

Chinese propaganda, old style.

Chinese propaganda, old style.

I should have bought one of those brooms while I saw it!  Can't find a new one in Guangzhou!

I should have bought one of those brooms while I saw it! Can’t find a new one in Guangzhou, even though it’s what all the street sweepers use here daily!

Local calligraphy shop, plus tomb decorating supplies.

Local calligraphy shop, plus tomb decorating supplies.

Lovely temple atop a ridge overlooking the Stone Drum Village.

Lovely temple atop a ridge overlooking the Stone Drum Village.

Amazing architecture and blue sky combo!

Amazing architecture and blue sky combo!

Fun place to explore!

Fun place to explore!

Cool swinging bridge leading to the village gate.

Cool swinging bridge leading to the village gate.

Meditation break!

Meditation break!

Another cute Chinese kid in a beautifully embroidered backpack.

Another cute Chinese kid in a beautifully embroidered backpack.

The first half of our day was almost done and we were hungry! Our driver took us to a restaurant perched on the high banks of the Yangtze River. There we were able to pick our fresh veggies and meat, eat a yummy fresh lunch, and drink traditional Chinese tea.   Not to get to personal, but the squatter here was the cleanest and had the best view of any I have ever been in.

Amazing day in Yunnan Province!

Amazing day in Yunnan Province!

The cleanest squatter with the best view ever!

The cleanest squatter with the best view ever! That Chinese character is the symbol for “female”.

Chinese man fishing on the banks of the Yangtze River.

Chinese man fishing on the banks of the Yangtze River.

The bridge crossing the Yangtze River, heading over to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The bridge crossing the Yangtze River, heading over to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

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