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Sometimes in China no one wants to say "I don't know". If you stop for directions or seek confirmation on where one might go you will most likely get an answer. It is not always assured that the answer given is correct. Consider it a best guess. Here in this photo we seem to see fingers pointing in opposite directions. The tourist lady seems confused by the thumbed response from the local worker. One can almost here the conversation, even in Chinese, and relatively understand. “Are you sure it is not this way ... no Miss, it is most likely back that way” he said. “Go back the way you came” he added. “But I am late and I don’t want to get more lost” she said.

I have first hand knowledge as the town of Lijiang is a twisting confusing place. Even with maps I could rarely find where I intended to go. Even days after being there, getting back to my small Inn required several stops to ask. I almost started to mark the ground with chalk to find my way. I am sure this lady is equally frustrated.

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Additional Photos by Dr David Reed Thomas (drt100) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 74 N: 841] (3878)
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