I abstain myself from taking up more new swaps partly to participate in StitchMap's current Colour Theory course and a challenge to do a set of stitcher's travel bag and accessories. As this is the first time I join in such their challenge, I am not too sure what to expect. Part 1 was to sew a bag. I use tatted flowers for the front, and try my hand with my "new" sewing machine. I was so nervous, the sewing was not going too straight, my seam was more than required, I unpicked and re-sewed some portions. Finally, here's the bag! There is no closure, but with a lining - my first-ever machine-sewn bag!!!
And all my flowers I tatted so far for the Colour Theory course Lesson 3 and for the Stitcher's Travel Bag. Tatting these flowers is addicitive!
Mountains and farms were common sights.
Halfway to Shangri-la, about 100 km northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山) and Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山), we stopped by the Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡). A contender for the world's deepest river canyon, it is not considered navigable, but is one of the best hiking trail in Lijiang. We didn't hike, but like most tourists, reached the uppermost section by vehicle. Even then, it was no mean feat to climb the numerous steps - it was super cold with the strong wind when climbing down during winter, and out-of-breathe for us when climbing up!
The gorge stretches about 15 kilometers. Naturally divided into three sections, the first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jingsha River. In the midst of the river's mouth is a large rock that is positioned at the gorge's narrowest section-only 30 meters wide. According to an ancient legend, a tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other in order to escape from a hunter, which is how the gorge got its name.
Can you spot the stone tiger in the middle of the photo?
As the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed. The third and lowest section is steepest and most dangerous. Here, the river twists and turns and the river vigorously surges forward creating high waves and a frothy spew as it collides with the mountainsides. This is a view that inspires a sense of adventure and satisfies the deepest yearnings for magnificent scenery.
We had lunch at this restaurant, you can see all the vegetables they had on the shelf in the kitchen. The cupboard on the right stored all the sterilised crockery.
At the entrance, hawkers were peddling their goods, foodstuff most of the times.
It was a very bumpy journey to Shangri-la, a good part of it on narrow winding roads around hilly regions. Took a total of about 4 hours on the road from Lijiang to Shangri-la. We just couldn't keep awake in the car!We were almost there, the architecture and motifs on building were distinctive.
The above was part of a huge school compound, comprising elementary, secondary, high school, etc, all in one place.
The photo below was a musuem for Tibetan knives.
We had reached - Shangri-la!
So nice and cosy to be near the coal burner. Reminded me of the Chinese proverb 雪中送炭 translated as "Sending coal in winter", meaning giving help when needed!