After a few days at Lugu Hu, I was back in Lijiang for a night before heading a different degree of north to go to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Instead of staying in old town Lijiang I went north a few km to Shuhe, an old town for Lijiang. A lot less tourist filled streets with fewer generic shops hocking the same shit and much more quiet and peaceful at night.
In the morning I was off to TLG, just a few hours away. The ride to the gorge was beautiful as the city transformed from busy life to secluded farms, rolling snow capped mountains and bubbling streams.