This story on the Chinese village of Lijiang ran in Budget Travel and is archived below.
In China, preservation often comes as an afterthought, if at all. For a glimpse of what life was like long before Shanghai built the world’s most futuristic skyline, Stephan Faris heads to where the Chinese go to see old China, a city called Lijiang.
By Stephan Faris
When the Communists took power in China, Beijing’s once-famous city walls were knocked down for construction material. In their place now runs a traffic-clogged road. In the center of the magnificent Forbidden City, just beyond the last colossal door before the emperor’s private quarters, a Starbucks has opened. At a Buddhist temple outside of town, a roller coaster runs in between mountaintop pagodas.