Lijiang is so lovely, I was speechless. I spent 2 days there wandering around the old town, climbed up the hill and watched a Naxi Orchestra and I still feel like it wasn't enough. Nonetheless, I think It'd be lovelier if it wasn't so touristy. Looking at Lijiang, one could tell it could never sustain itself if it wasn't for the influx of tourists that it's getting, the town thrives on tourism. Hence, I think the best time is actually around dawn, before the flocks of tourists swarm into it, btw, I'm talking about the old city. As for the new city, there's nothing special about it.
I'm leaving Lijiang today, Yunnan province as a matter of fact. I'm currently on the train bound for Chengdu that departed at 655pm from the Jinjiang station in Panzhihua. (Panzhihua can get you to Chengdu without going back to Kunming, just as mentioned in the Lonely Planet, but it failed to mention that the train station is so freaking far from the train station). To get to the railway station, you will need to take the red/yellow bus and go around the town for almost an hour before it gets there. The good news is that that only costs 3yuan.
I've been in China for 5 days now so far, but there are several things I find rather annoying. If in Malaysia, regardless of how hot it is, we just bear with it, here, the men just go topless. Doesn't matter where it is, on the streets, on the train, at the coffee shop..... hmmmmmmmm, if only those topless men were young, well-built hunks, now that would be a sight for sore eyes.... too bad
Another thing is their spitting habit. Here, everybody spits, men, women, young girls, they all do it. I can tolerate it when do it on the streets, but when they spit on the bus.... yuck !
Another annoying thing is their smoking habit. Now I'm not surprised why the country releases so much smoke. Look at how they smoke.... everywhere and all the time.... The worst is when they do it in a confined space, i.e bus, buildings. Come to think of it, this sure is related to spitting. I'm not sure how, but I'm sure it's related.
Ok, one more surprising/amusing thing I find in China, is children peeing in the middle of the city while everybody else just looks on.....
And then, it's the communal toilet. If what they say about you getting an eye cyst (ketumbit) everytime you see people taking a dump is true, by now, I probably wouldnt be able to close my eyes 'cos I've seen wayyy to many of them in action .
Last but not least, are the women. If your imagination of Chinese women is of grace and softness, then you are just as twisted as I was before I came here. Here, I keep getting yelled at by them.... maybe that's just they way they talk. I don't know, Some are nice, but those in the cities... adoiiii.... Malaysian Chinese are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more polite and most importantly, they never spit in public.