Old Town of Lijiang

The Old Town of Lijiang (simplified Chinese: 丽江古城; traditional Chinese: 麗江古城; pinyin: Lìjiāng Gǔchéng) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Lijiang City, Yunnan, China.

The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people, therefore people there are called 胖金哥 and 胖金妹 (male and female respectively).

Lijiang old town (including Dayan, Baisha and Shuhe) was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on December 4, 1997.[1] Since then, the local government has taken more responsibility for the development and protection of the old city. Lijiang’s tourism also boomed, and travellers from around the world flooded in; although many locals fear that due to much of the development, the old town of Lijiang will lose its appeal. source : wikipedia

After a stroll through Black Dragon Pool, we arrived at the famous Old Town of Lijiang. It is a very interesting and fascinated place both architecturally and culturally speaking. However, like many old towns in China, it has become very commercialized. Most of the places are crowded with tourists. For photographers, finding ways to avoid the crowds or blend the people in harmoniously in a photo will always be a challenge. I hope my photos will show you some ways in achieving this goal.

All photos were shot in RAW with Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. The RAW files were converted to TIFF with Capture One Pro with further processing by Photoshop CS5 before final output to the web.




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