white oriental bridge in front of the Chinese
pagoda by a lake with the Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain as the background,
this is the Black
Dragon Pool in Lijiang.
Water in the lake is so still that reflects
the whole image from above upside down. There
is a small single pavilion standing in the
middle of the lake. With the perfect reflection
from the water, the pavilion is looking like
flowing on glass.
Dragon Pool is like an ancient architecture
museum. Some of the famous buildings were
established suburbs have under protection
actually collected from other places. People
moved the traditional buildings that almost
had been ruined here and let them be protected.
Among them, the most famous buildings are
the Villa Jietuolin of the King Mu and the
Five Phoenixes Tower of the Fuguo Temple.
Particularly, the Five Phoenixes Tower combines
the typical Lamaism plane pattern and the
exquisite wooden structure of the Naxi
architecture. Both the frame and the technology
are unprecedented. The building can rarely
be found even in the world of Chinese architecture.
Dragon Pool is quiet in the early morning
with few local people playing cards or Chinese
chess or just relaxing their lives there.
Once in a while some local musicians play
Chinese traditional music on the bandstand.
Unfortunately there is also a CD stall nearby
playing loud music with occasional western
pop songs. In the past, it was a good choice
for people from Lijiang
Old Town to go picnicking. They gave themselves
a good reason for picnic when they came to
thank the blessing of the God. They took all
kinds of food, wine and their specially made
hotpot here and gathered together to enjoy