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How to play Lijiang River it is said that the tradition of Naxi people is men's Qin, chess, calligraphy, painting, tobacco, wine, tea or walking dogs to let off eagles. Of course, women are busy from morning to night, so it's common for old women to stagger across the street with heavy firewood or basket on their backs. The old man stops to stroll along the street with eagles. Such a quiet place. Such a beautiful legend.

Lijiang is a dreamy place, a beautiful legend

Lijiang: a beautiful legend

It's said that Lijiang's time is soft, Lijiang's alley, Lijiang's bar, Lijiang's water and Lijiang's love affair. But for people like me who are easy to escape from the noise of the city, I'm a little afraid of the bustling people and the busy singing at night. The tranquility and peace of Shuhe ancient town just make up for my loss.

Ancient houses, deep alleys, horses with bells on the ancient roads, Naxi Women with firewood on their backs, and foreigners who have nothing to do in the inn all make people have a kind of familiar surprise - isn't that Lijiang a few years ago?

Too quiet to speak loudly

The Shuhe river is about 4 kilometers away from the ancient city of Lijiang. The same Sifang street and the same gurgling water pass through the town. In fact, Shuhe and Baisha, another ancient town, were the earliest settlements of Naxi ancestors, and were once the residence of Mu chieftain. They are listed in the world cultural heritage list together with Dayan ancient town in Lijiang.

Entering the ancient town from the south, the beautiful lintel of the migratory bird inn makes people look in curiously. There is no one in the courtyard. Walking across the courtyard and up the stairs, it is a large open-air platform. Sitting beside the coffee table covered with strips of cloth, you can see the whole picture of the ancient town: the Qinglong river flowing slowly under the big stone bridge, the black tile wall spread layer by layer, and the poplar trees are separated Yellow of willow. Behind the ancient town, the silvery white Yulong Snow Mountain is shining in the blue sky. Several people were whispering under the parasol. The boss finally showed up and made a few vocal gestures to me: 'they are in a meeting. '

Quietly quit the inn, in the heart of envy, think of our brain racking pre editing meeting, when can also move here to open?

Reading, chatting, dazed, dreaming

During the day, Shuhe Sifang street is the most bustling place in the ancient town, with Baba, fried stinky tofu and chicken bean and rice noodles one by one. Unable to resist the tempting fragrance, I bought a Baba, wrapped with vegetables and meat stuffing, and chatted with the old man sitting on the steps of the shop while eating. Accidentally, the oil and water from Baba filled my hands.

The continuous spring water of Jiuding Longtan and Shuhe Longtan makes the two rivers passing through the town crystal clear. Under the sun, we can see the water grass floating at the bottom of the river several meters deep. The light penetrates the water surface, causing the wave light to ripple. The fish pass through the water, and no one bothers them. Villagers are still washing vegetables and rice in the river. In the morning, they come here to drink water every day.

Many houses along the street have been changed into bars and inns, but because there are not many tourists, they are still languid and quiet. The residents of the ancient town didn't disturb their own pace of life. Naxi Women gathered at three wells by the river to wash clothes. The old man with firewood on his back in the alley saw me rushing around with my camera, leaning aside, smiling and letting me go first. A long lost touch rose in my heart.

The warm sun makes people lazy. The signs at the door of a bar are attractive: reading, chatting, dazed and dreaming. Looking into the yard, a girl was slumbering in a reclining chair.

Horse riding to trace the remains of the horse Gang

Walking through the stone arch Qinglong bridge with a history of more than 400 years, we can see the tattered flag flags waving in the wind in Longmen Inn, which reminds us of those strange Jianghu stories in martial arts movies. Although I don't see any strange people, there are dozens of grain drying pillars standing on the ancient grain drying yard, the old two-story building and the cool off-road vehicle parked in the yard are still very exciting. Maybe there is a great Xia hiding in it.

Along the Qinglong bridge to the west, it is a well paved five flower stone road. It is said that this road was donated and paved by a group of Tibetans who have been travelling on the ancient tea horse road in Shuhe town for many years in the 1930s. At Jiuding River, zhangguotou old residence, a century old residence, is now an inn. In the courtyard, there are a few tourists sitting around a pot of white tea produced by Yulong Snow Mountain. Pot head is the owner of the shop. Many old houses with scale in the ancient town are old houses of maguotou people.

Shuhe is the best preserved ancient post station in Lijiang dam. From Jiuding Longtan to the west, you can meander into Yulong mountain, cross Jinsha River and snow mountain, and then you can reach Tibet in more than 100 days, with a journey of nearly 6000 Li. Imagine the number of Tibetan people who walked through the waves, mountains and deep gorges on this road. Look at the horse riding stones on the road. It's better to rent a horse to walk slowly along the ancient road once passed by the caravan. The autumn sun is about to set, and the last afterglow is sprinkled on the totem like grain drying column on the grassland, giving people a sense of desolation and mystery. It's no wonder that some people say that the ancient town of Shuhe is like a huge set, which exists only to complete a legend.