Pullman Lijiang Resort was really a great place for a good night rest. We slept like a log, especially after coming down from Shangrila where freezing cold and altitude sickness were our constant companions during our stay over there. Our sleep here in Lijiang was indeed sweet. Our tired bodies were rejuvenated and it would be a great day to kick start our activity in Lijiang.
When we pulled away the curtains and went out to the balcony, the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was awakening in diverse colours under the gentle autumn sun. The small stretch of snow on the mountain top was remarkably white with the surrounding rocky edges of the mount standing out in bright golden hues. The skies were also getting brighter turning from a tint of blue to bright white under the glare of the morning sun.
The distant mountains were coated with a grand coat of reddish brown. Soon, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was back to its original greyish rock colour closer to silver with the unmistakable tiny shiny snow cap that adorned this awesome mountain during this autumn morning. The trees were glowing in bright reddish brown as well. What a joy to behold such wonder where we recalled our similar experience during sunrise at Mount Cook in South New Zealand from our hotel room window years ago.
Looking down below the balcony, hotel staff were up and about their work walking around the property. The resort buggies were out on the pavement with hotel staff busying themselves with work for the day. The villas were awaking as well with the few guests leaving for breakfast at the restaurant near the pond.
As for us, we needed not head out for breakfast. We bought bakery items from England Time at Shuhe Ancient Town the previous day and with the nice coffee maker provided by the hotel, we had a simple but satisfying breakfast. The coffee was heavenly so were the pastries from England Time. Having breakfast out on the balcony with the view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was a great feeling indeed. The air was fresh and cool this morning.
It was still very early and we had nothing planned in particular so we lingered in our room and enjoyed this spacious luxury hotel room watching TV. We were also able to keep in touch with the children back home. We had already left home for more than a week so it was also about time to keep up to date with events outside of China.
After 10 am, we decided to head to front desk to rent bicycles to cycle around the resort property. Bicycle rental was free and we were given a map of the surrounding. We were given one bicycle each and these bicycles were in good conditions. The compound in the resort was pretty big but we were the only guests cycling here with the occasional buggies sharing the track with us.
So we began our ride on this gorgeous property in Pullman Lijiang Resort. In front of our hotel building was the many villas very beautifully landscaped with plants, shrubs and trees, especially the lovely lavenders all over the resort. We didn’t cycle too far and we stopped to take pictures each time.
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