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Dayan Town
Lijiang Old Town, or Dayan Town has a history of over 800 years. It is one of the few places in China with well-preserved old style folk buildings.

With the famous Sifang Road (which literally means four directions in Chinese) at its core, roads here are mostly paved with stone boards. The twists and turns of small lanes, narrow cobbled streets and the gurgling canal all help create a place where you can lose all your worldly worries.

Dayan old town,lijiang Sifang Road was the site of a major bazaar for local residents to visit the market and stock up on necessities such as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine. Now visitors will come across some interesting ethnic products and sometimes unusual antiques.

Many traditional Naxi houses, made of adobe bricks and wood, have typical Naxi architecture style with a pleasant courtyard. These are also the structures that withstood a major earthquake in 1992 in Yunnan province. Their durability made Chinese architects rethink the value of traditional homes.

An important feature of Dayan are the numerous streams and brooks crisscrossing the houses. It is an ingenious approach developed in ancient times by local people to make them close to water and keep it clean. The water still keep running today, everytime you walk on the paddle-paved road, a stream is running beside you.

The people here are mainly from the Naxi ethnic group and you can still see many older women dressed in Dayan old town,lijiangtheir traditional attire. In times past, Naxi women did all the hard work while men were free to indulge in more sophisticated pursuits, such as poetry and music. They have an obvious passion for flowers, as almost every courtyard is a garden.

Another feature of Lijiang ancient town is for having no walls. Legends goes that the hereditary ruler of Lijiang used to be surnamed Mu, to have Mu encased with a frame or a wall would be Kun, which means in Chinese siege or predicament.

Lijiang is elected as one of the most laziest cities in China in 2004. Life here couldn't be more comfortable. There is an upside to Lijiang being a tourist attraction. A late breakfast in one of the many up-scale cafes fits the slow, lazy pace of life. The pizzas, pancakes and coffee are up to standard, refined over the years through tips from overseas travelers.

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