Saturday, July 03, 2010

Day 6 Heading North

Here is the Yangtse River. This wide muddy river, originates from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. At Shigu Town it makes its famous V-turning from it's southward journey to flow toward northeast. People call this section the "first bend of the Yangtze River."

Shigu is situated 50 ARDUOUS* kilometers from Lijiang. It was named after a stone tablet in the shape of a drum recording the merits of a headman in Lijiang during the Ming Dynasty. On the bank of the river there is a memorial hall of the Long March fo the Red Army.

*The truck above is, along with smaller and much larger versions, very like the many vehicles that we followed on the mountain road from Lijang to Shigu. These vehicles put put put along putting out ferocious fumes and then out of nowhere an " INSANE Idiot" ( quote is directly from our car and uttered often ) would fly either past or towards us in a shiny and sleek expensive car.


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