We head out to our best travel find this week in Lijiang, in the western tip of Yunnan province in China. I reckon, the most fascinating attractions in the world are those that turn up to be endowed by nature.
Blue Moon Valley, also called Lanyuegu, is a massive terraces of thawing water from the snow mountain that holds four lakes: the Tingtao, Lanyue, Jingtian, and Yue lake. It appears turquoise blue on a sunny day, and white on damp seasons. From a distance, it has a crescent shape which looks like an inset of blue moon at the bottom of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain-- unabashedly, the reason behind its moniker.
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It has an unprecedented distinction from the rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines, which is handcrafted by the Ifugaos, one of the Filipino natives. The remarkable thing about the two is that you can appreciate the magnificent ensemble they create from the outskirts of your vision.
In 2006, a 4,190 meter- long cable was put up, being the longest one in Yunnan province that people can ride to get to the peak to see the valley in an aerial perspective.
To get there, you can catch private bus number 7 around Lijiang at the Hongtaiyang square near the big water wheels.
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