Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang. An ancient legend says that a Black Dragon lives inside this magical pool, it has given protection to its people and kept the wondrous pool from drying up. The pool has not been dried up even in drought years!
I was warned. They told me that most people vomited on this 5 hour drive through the beautiful Yunnan province countryside. To me that was code for steep, winding roads with spectacular views. @natgeocreative#china#yunnanprovince
An impressive view from my hotel room in Lijiang, China. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet). The mountain range stretches 35 kilometers from north to south and 15 kilometers from west to east. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a giant jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. One fourth of all plant species in China can be found here. Shot while on assignment for @aman#china#yunnanprovince
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The breathtaking Black Dragon Pool of Lijiang. Located in Yunnan, a southern Chinese province, it is a famous, scenic pond. No matter the weather, Black Dragon Pool is always a great destination, the only problem is that the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can’t be seen in the background when the weather is cloudy!
3 hours drive from Lijiang is Dali and the place is beautiful🌤
The weather was perfect to go on a short river cruise and their vegetables and fruits are all organic.
Last post is a lady using an old school technique to make fresh pomegranate juice for us.
This picture is based on one of the most beautifully painted frescoes I have ever seen - just days ago at the Lone pagoda in Dali.
This pagoda has been closed to the public for many years. But the temple complex that is on the same grounds is being restored as a tea museum.
My residency hosts arranged a visit. The buildings are old (the pagoda is 1000 years) and what stands out about them is the unusually high degree of craftsmanship in which the place has been originally decorated.
After spending a beautiful morning in the grounds around this astonishing monolith, we were treated to pu’er tea and contemplated the traditional values of Chinese culture which Laozi would have no doubt cultivated.
In this fresco, Laozi rides his ox with the utter depths of contentment showing on his face and in his demeanour.
This is my rendition in ink on brown paper. 80x80cm
A Tibetan Buddhist monk looks out at the street between prayer wheels at a temple in Dali, Yunnan province, China. (2009, I think)
He had a beautiful air of serenity but also gently teased my travelling companion about her hat.