Ancient Waterway Picture

Lijiang has an ingenious ancient network of waterways that is supplied by the mountain springs…

The Old Town of Lijiang was filled with harmonious fusion of different cultural traditions. Owing to its special characteristics of ethnic culture, urban layout and historical authenticity, Lijiang Old Town of China was enlisted to be one of the World Cultural Heritage Cities by UNESCO on Dec. 4th, 1997, thus becoming the first cultural heritage city in China. Thus, Lijiang has a precious wealth shared, treasured and possessed by the entire world. The Naxi-minority descends from Tibetan nomads. They have a matriarchal family tradition and an over 1000 years old script. This script consists of pictograms, and is kept alive by some individuals. There is also a Naxi-orchestra: old men that play traditional Chinese music on antique instruments, unique for China. Lijiang has an ingenious ancient network of waterways that is supplied by the mountain springs. Via canals the houses in town are connected to this network. The cobbled streets, bridges and houses add to the picturesque picture of this ancient town…

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