"Sharrie's Lijiang Ancient Culture" Lijiang by Sharrie

Lijiang Travel Guide: 570 reviews and 1,889 photos

LIJIANG: An ancient town that lies NW of Yunnan Province & about 40 mins by flight from Kunming (580 km / 360 miles). It`s very close to Tibet & Zhongdian (Shangrila).

Lijiang survives on tourism & is a mountain town of stones & tiles laced with many canals. A very pleasant town to walk in (though the temperature can be freezing before 10 am & after 6 pm) with a population of around 400,000. There are 22 minorities in Lijiang; the majority of which are Naxi, Yi, Lisu, Bai, Pumi, Dai, Miao, Tibetan, Hui & Zhuang.

Why was Lijiang built with no walls while most cultural cities in China were built with walls to protect outside invasions?
During the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang gave the name `Mu` (meaning wood) to the family who was ruling Lijiang then. In Chinese Character, if one place a wall around the word `mu`, the word becomes `kun` which means entrapment & difficulty. That sounds unlucky! Hence, since the very beginning, there had been a rule `no walls around Lijiang`.

  • Last visit to Lijiang: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • raraavis's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 4:20 PM

    Thanks for the useful tips. Looking forward to using them when we are in Lijiang.

  • atobol's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2005 at 11:57 PM

    The place I love most here in summer...just laying on the grass...quite...Unfortunatly Lijiang has turned into kind of Disney Land.

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 8:10 AM

    Great information here. This looks like a facinating place.

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2004 at 1:28 AM

    This is a great page Sharrie - I loved Lijiang... in fact I loved all of Yunnan. Note to self: get those pages finished. Many thanks

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2004 at 1:53 PM

    Great page, thanks! i can't wait to see this beautiful place!

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2003 at 1:18 AM

    I wanna try the Lijiagn Baba -

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2003 at 8:14 PM

    It does look beautiful. To many more where this came from.... ;)

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2003 at 12:15 AM

    Hee hee Waterwheels just like in Hamah here in Syria! Great Page Sharrie!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2003 at 8:45 PM

    And I thought there was only one Venice! The view from Baishui He looks spectacular. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looks majestic!

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2003 at 11:07 PM

    Nice tip: If lost, find a stream and walk against the flow... I will remember this...


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