I had to spend a night in Lijiang, my birthday evening, and tried to find a decent place to have a couple of drinks. I found the nightlife contained to a picturesque strip straddling a small canal. The only venues were these strange Chinese pseudo-discos blaring very loud techno style music with people dressed traditionally singing and dancing. The revelers were in large groups with nary a foreigner to be found (not that that’s important, but still the chances of any English were slim). I didn’t feel up to such nonsense, just wanted a few beers somewhere nice, so went home disappointed. Oh well, better nights ahead I’m sure!