We were off to Lijiang today so were up early to pack for the morning bus. The bus was supposed to be full size with 30 seats but it turned out to be a 16 seat minibus so it was a bit cramped - good job it was not full. The route took us along the lake, then up into the mountains with splendid views. We arrived after about 3.5 hours in Lijiang. Being confused as to where in Lijiang we were, we got a taxi to the hotel - this took all of 3 minutes with 2 of them explaining to the taxi driver where we wanted to go.Lijiang is old town with cobbled streets and wooden buildings that has been kept intact and /or significantly restored in the same local style. The Chinese tourists flood here in droves and the place is a typical tourist town with lots of souvenir shops and cafes - all catering to the Chinese market. You couldn't move down some streets for the tour parties with leaders with flags and megaphone. It's all very quaint, but it isn't very appealing as it's a bit sterile. We organised our onward trip to get out of there the next day.