Notes on the Geography of China: Dali and Lijiang: Photo 24
Old Lijiang, which began to grow in the 13th century, was part of the Dali Kingdom until the arrival of the Mongols, but from the beginning it's been the ethnic center of the Naxi people. Slowly--though now not so slowly--the Naxi have been displaced by the arrival of Han Chinese. Physically, though, the city looks much like it always has: no wall, no gridded streets, and everything shaped around a canal that branches and threads its way through the town.
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