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Himalaya

Day 85: Lijiang

Lijiang, China 
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Overlooking the inky-black tiled roofs of Lijiang's Old Town.
Michael Palin - HimalayaThe next song is 750 years old and was written, as Xuan Ke announces cheerfully, 'to express hatred of Kublai Khan'.

After this, he does a whacky impression of Pavarotti jerking manically about to reinforce a point about how even serious music in China has become infected with insidious pop star mannerisms.

The concert is brought to an end with a spare and soulful, if a little anti-climactic, bamboo flute solo, played by one of four young women who have also sung quite exquisitely.

At the end I try to get to Xuan Ke to congratulate him and thank him for our day together, but he's almost invisible between a wall of young female fans. And smiling happily.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 85: Lijiang
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Lijiang
  • Book page no: 200

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