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Lijiang Travel Guide: 570 reviews and 1,889 photos

UNESCO designated Lijiang, located in Northwest Yunnan, as one of the world's major cultural heritages. It is also the centre of the Lijiang Naxi Ethnic Minority Autonomous County. The Naxi minority, whom have a very sophisticated culture, are the predominate population of Lijiang and its surrounding area. Their cultural treasures, such as Dongba Culture, Naxi Classical Music, Baisha Murals and Mosuo Customs, have been continuously drawing tourists from all over the world.

Lijiang Old Town (also known as "Dayan Town") is a traveller's oasis. Setting foot on the Old Town is like stepping back in time. River streams flow through the Old Town's cobble-stoned streets that are lined with wooden houses, trees, alluring restaurants and caf¡§¦s, shops, residences, and even a theatre where music performed on original period instruments dating back to the Han dynasty is played. It was first built during the late Song Dynasty nearly eight centuries ago, a main stop on the Southern Silk Road, played an important role in the old days on trading activities between China and other Southeast Asian countries. Gone are the sounds of cars, motorcycles, or machines of any sort. The Old Town was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1996. There are also a variety of beautiful parks and temples around Lijiang. Once you are in the Old Town, you will find it hard to tear yourself away and return to the hustle bustle city life.

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  • Last visit to Lijiang: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2007 at 1:50 AM

    I love your Lijian page and pics!!my all fav place next to Yangshuo and lesser 3 gorges so far!i caught a taxi to Yue Loong Xue Shan and what a nice trip way up the cable car to the plateau and horses!! thanks!

  • eviltooth's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2005 at 12:38 AM

    I'm planning a trip to Lijiang in Oct, thanks a lot for the tips. :D Is there any website where I can find out more about transportation (e.g. train/bus)?

  • chrisvandenbroucke's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 1:47 PM

    Your Lijang tips seem to best for a backpacker like me. Most VT travellers spend too much money, compared to me. Will have a look at your other pages, of course

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 8:00 AM

    Great Page. This looks like a lovely place.

  • Lilianliu's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2004 at 4:39 PM

    I love your homepage. You seem like a very nice and happy person to travel with. Any plans for this year?

  • pehsan's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2004 at 10:05 PM

    breathtaking view i've ever seen. uh... i've fall in love with this simple, friendly and heavenly old town.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2004 at 9:41 PM

    How awful! I wouldn't risk to try them either!...:-(

  • LarsLous's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2004 at 2:07 PM

    Fried worms ? I couldn't try them neither in Southafrica.

  • hooiluangoh's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 11:15 PM

    I have the same experience about the missing internet. The International Youth Hostel used to have a PC. Now it was gone.

  • vincentf's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 5:09 PM

    Lijiang is a beautiful and peaceful place in northern Yunnan.


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