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Women's Day in Lijiang

sunny 18 °C

The thin pure mountain air gives us a clear window into a bright blue sky with a distant vista of snow covered peaks. We are on top of the world as we sit on the balcony of our exquisite boutique hotel and gaze in awe across the decoratively tiled rooftops of a thousand ancient houses in Lijiang.
The strains of a Chinese harp floats up from the maze of ancient streets that weave a labyrinth in the valley beneath us and we take tea with our host Yu Mei and her friends, He Tao and Ding Wen, in a room filled with precious antiques at the Zen Garden Hotel...
Tomorrow we will take you on a tour of one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world, but today is a very special day in China. It is International Women's Day, so we would like to share with you some images of the beautiful Naxi women who have spent the day singing and dancing in the streets...
Lijiang is the ancestral home of the Naxi people, one of China's 55 ethnic minorities. Each has its own language, customs and costumes, and today we have been fortunate enough to witness the local women in their finery...
Tomorrow many of these women will be back at work in the fields, but today they can let down their hair and join together in celebration...
Not everyone gets the day off and these women were just taking a break in the sunshine and watching the festivities...
There are many women visiting Lijiang from other parts of China, and together with the local Naxi women they made a most colourful show...
We are now at the highpoint of our entire trip at 8,000 feet above sea level and we had been promised nothing but clouds and showers in the mountains. Obviously the Naxi gods were smiling on us.

Posted by Hawkson 04:05 Archived in China

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Beautiful post and another wonderful trip!

by Abigail Gossage

Good morning and so glad that you and others are attending Women's Day. And everyone looks beautiful!!! I can remember many ones and they get better every year as we get older. I hope we have sun instead of more rain..love

by Jean McLaren

Happy Women's day. It is a grey morning in Vancouver. The crows have just flown in from their sleeping quarters. There is no snow so it is a good day. Wonderful photos of the women celebrating. Hope to do it with my daughter tonite. Big hugs!

by Sue Fitzwilson

lovely to hear about the different ethnic groups in China.

by Janet

How fortunate that you were there to witness this colourful celebration

by Eileen Wilson

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