The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.
The feature of Lijiang that is most representative of the Naxi minority culture is its wealth of domestic dwellings. The basic timber-framed structure developed into a unique architectural style with the absorption of elements of Han and Zang architecture.
We spent in Lijiang a few days and we never got tired of walking through the busy streets. The labirynth of narrow lanes and water canal can be very treacherous and it is amazingly easy to get lost there. There is however a clue which will take one always to the main square: one has to pick a canal and go along upstream. We checked and it worked every single time :)
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COSTANTINO (46454) 2014-02-13 6:23
Hello dear friend
you are the first in gallery now with a
top interesting capture from the Old
town of LIJIANG you are very lucky
sto spent a few days in this place and
never got tired of walking through
the busy streets nice pov
peaceful atmosphere with shops with
so many interesting details
have a n ice evening
Fis2 (78762) 2014-02-13 6:53
Ciekawe miasto, piekne budynki.
Ciekawy kamienny most.
Podoba mi sie kompozycja i kolory.
photoray (7920) 2014-02-13 6:59
Fine view of Lijiang Old Town, with the ancient stone bridge leading into the narrow classical architecture and gentleman waiting, similar to the centuries before.
Nicely composed and created,
danos (80252) 2014-02-13 7:34
nice the view of this section of the old town with the warm afternoon light to brings out the details as to enhance the red colours of the wooden houses.I like the created atmosphere as the beauty of the image.
holmertz (33489) 2014-02-13 7:36
Another extremely picturesque composition. The old and almost overgrown bridge leads my eyes very nicely towards the main street, and you were really lucky to have an old man sitting there. The buildings look very pretty and I get an impression that this would indeed be a perfect place to get lost. Losing the directions is usually the best way to discover a place.
Nicou (109629) 2014-02-13 8:15
merveilleuse vue et image avec le pont de pierre et ces herbes, cet homme assis que regarde passer les autres personnage et ce fond avec les maison sueprbe.
Très belle soirée
SnapRJW (26074) 2014-02-13 8:32
Hello Kamila - This is a place I have long dreamed of visiting and your note and well composed shot do nothing to dispel my dream, rather they confirm it! The quaint old shop houses with their distinctive up-tilted roofs and decorative facades look so attractive in the sunshine and I would love to wander here and soak up the sights, smells and sounds. A pleasure to see. Warm regards Rosemary
cornejo (24573) 2014-02-13 9:46
Hi Kamila, very good picture of this wonderful composition in the interesting old town, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (14454) 2014-02-13 9:58
sembra di essere tornati indietro nel tempo nelle tue foto dedicate alla Cina.
Una Cina tradizionale che si vorrebbe restasse inalterata nel tempo, molto più bella di quella moderna delle nuove città cresciute a dismisura.
Sei stata molto brava nel cogliere questo particolare aspetto e a a dargli priorità rispetto alla modernità.
Ottima la composizione.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (44316) 2014-02-13 10:23
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom gradu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old town, with a description ...
Nice view ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful architecture shown and details, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Noel_Byrne (16171) 2014-02-13 11:03
Should I ever get lost here (and I hope one day I might) I will remember your handy travel tip :)
Your note is exemplified perfectly in your capture, this architecture is superb, and the scene you caught has such great depth as we look up the hill to the spread out town. In the foreground, the people give a great sense of place and life, while the distance gives a great sense of scale. All captured under superb light too with great color.
Great shot, thanks for sharing.
All the best
Silvio1953 (109249) 2014-02-13 13:21
Ciao Kamila, great view of lovely town, beautiful composition, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (35282) 2014-02-13 18:58
I remember this place, an ancient town which has pervasive air of tranquility and charming feel to it. Really enjoyed the viewpoint in such good depth and perspective, brilliant light and rich colours rendition. The warm light enhances the detail really well, a lovely image portraying all that is so wonderful about this part of the world in all its history, functionality and atmosphere. Great scene, well done.
P/s: I have one minor crit: there are areas found to be slightly over exposed
jurek1951 (38918) 2014-02-13 22:37
inny zakatek swiata jak i inna kultura i architektura,ladnie poznac swiat dzieki uczestnikom TE,
jjcordier (69557) 2014-02-13 23:22
Intéressante image de la vieille ville de Lijiang. L'homme assis sur le pont est un plus pour la composition.
timecapturer (40234) 2014-02-14 3:25
an inspired POV this it entices and fascinates the viewer. Lots of character and detailing which in this light are both enchanting and compelling. Beautiful imagery!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
snunney (75070) 2014-02-14 5:14
There is much to see in this attractive composition. I like very much the point of view and the presence of the person on the bridge. The image is pleasantly lit and has very good colours and clarity.
ikeharel (46944) 2014-02-14 6:33
Beautifully kept all of pic. space employed with details, Kamila.
The old man sitting over the ancient bridge, on an attractive location enroute of the tourists and looking down the alley, which by itself is a marvelous colorful sight.
Fine DOF till far over the houses on the hill top by a small grove. Daylight enhanced colors upon.
Pleasent pic. to look at, have a nice weekend,
williewhistler (10859) 2014-02-14 6:53
you have combined the mixture of traditional and modern very well with the bearded gentleman on the bridge a fine introduction to the scene before we follow the modern tourists into the picturesque alley ways.
You have handled the contrasting light conditions very well with the foliage making an imaginative frame.
It`s a fine travel photograph.
Best wishes on this special day.
Warm regards Les.
rychem (15412) 2014-02-14 8:25
Zaskakujące miasto z takim labiryntem uliczek, ciekawa architektura, dla mnie pełna egzotyka:))
chrislo (3349) 2014-02-14 8:49
A well presented tricky shot of this old quaint town. I like your perspective with the bridge making a fine lead-in to the picture. Lots of things to enjoy here : the row of shops, the beggar on the bridge, and the fact the you've caught detail in the shadows without burning out the rest of the image. Nice work.
Royaldevon (23402) 2014-02-14 14:13
You have captured the characteristics of this place very well. The buildings and colours are very different from those in the west.
I applaud your viewpoint, where the stone bridge is a very effective lead into the scene. The seated figure is strongly placed and gives the shot a scenario as he interacts with the standing figure.
I like how the branches overlap the top of the shot, giving a softer appearance to the buildings.
The colours are well saturated and you have achieved a fine sense of depth.
Have a great w/e,
npecanhuk (58184) 2014-02-14 18:18
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
emka (67259) 2014-02-14 23:37
No i jest Lijiang, mam nadzieję, ze jeszcze bedzie i Black Dragon Pool. Sliczne zdjęcie ze slicznego miasteczka. Czy widziałaś tańczących Naxi na placach? Ja nie mogłam od nich oderwać oczu. Te kilka dni tam to musiała byc wielka przyjemność.
Pozdrawiam z Warszawy
subhendu_bagchi (23593) 2014-02-15 4:48
hello, another good one here. Nice light and fine colours. At first you did a mess by cutting the top of those buildings, then, after the second thought I think you did the right frame with its minimal effect. I like this form. Excellent one with good sharpness and depth. Great one. Tfs.
photographer_sg (853) 2014-02-15 7:20
beautiful composition with fine FG. great colours and the view going far up to the distant houses and trees. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
ktanska (23144) 2014-02-15 9:22
Awesome place which seems to have preserved it's old fashioned charm. Old bridge is a good foreground subject and the narrow street between those red buildings looks quite interesting too.
ChrisJ (92090) 2014-02-15 17:14
I've been there years ago and went to the Black Dragon pool. Good use of the old stone bridge to add lead in lines and diminishing linear perspective. Excellent sharpness and color saturation. The people add scale. Tfs!
Gigidusud (11621) 2014-02-16 3:36
Nice street scene with splendid architecture and nice light. I like it!
RhodieIke (10377) 2014-02-17 23:26
My goodness you have a tight image here in Lijiang, so much to see and admire and we fully focused up this quaint street. Your Pov, over the old stone bridge leads us in beautifully, then we see the fantastic buildings and wander around and taking in the delights.
Cricri (95347) 2014-02-21 2:50
Cela a du être agréable de visiter cet endroit typique, la beauté de l'architecture sous le soleil, très belle présentation et note
nikkitta (10418) 2014-02-26 8:18
Very good composition with the bridge leading the view towards the colored village spreding till the very back of the picture
Smart natural frame and the man standing at the bridge add the human local touch
A real pleasure to watch lot of details to admire, tfs
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (5683)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-13 6:19