Lijiang (Yunnan)

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Lijiang’s Old Town is a maze of cobbled alleys with wooden house.

A major earthquake hit Lijiang in 1996, destroying 186,000 homes. Amazingly, many of the traditional wood homes held up quite well leading the government to reconstruct by replacing many of the newer concrete buildings with traditional houses.

Today, Lijiang seems to be overtaken by the tourists and souvenir shops, a source of concern for UNESCO who put the town on “examination” statuswhich may eventually result in de-listing.

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