I spent the first week in March, 2008, touring Yunnan Province in China. Yunnan borders on Tibet and
Myanmar and has more of China's minorities than most regions. I got back to Japan a few days
before the riots started. This is a show put on for tourists where the performers did modern
adaptations of Yunnan's dances in traditional dress. It might sound a bit silly, but it was
really quite entertaining. Cecile B. DeMille has got nothing on the Chinese.
The ancient city of Lijiang was once the capital of the Yunnan region. Like Texas, Yunnan has always
had doubts about its role as a part of the central government. The streets of the old town are lined
with hundreds of old and restored shops, some dating back hundreds of years. Most today are
souvenir shops or restaurants for tourists.
This band of Tibetan musicians played outside a temple near Lijiang.
This is the courtyard of the Moon Inn where I stayed in Lijiang.
I paid a dollar and a half to dress up like Marco Polo and have my picture taken. Three Chinese tourists
who were doing the same ask if they could take their picture taken with me. I was flattered.
What Is This Man Doing?
This Tibetan souvenir shop owner in Lijiang is dressed up as an ancient aristocrat. He is getting a photo
of a dance contest in the local square.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
The Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the most spectacular natural sites of China. It is not an easy trip
For two dollars, you too can be a Chinese Davy Crockett.
Air cooled truck.