"Old town, streams, lakes and mountains" Top 5 Page for this destination Lijiang by Willettsworld
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Lijiang lies in the northern part of Yunnan province and is famous for its well preserved Old Town which was listed in the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 1997. The Old Town was once the center of Lijiang and continues to maintain the original flavor of the local lifestyle, the typical groups of buildings and the profound cultural heritage of the region. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Old Town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges and differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Naxi people, whose music is performed by a world famous orchestra. All of this means that the town gets inundated with tourist - mostly hoards of Chinese tour parties, which means that you'll have to almost fight your way around. To escape this the surrounding area provides some beautiful scenery in the form of the Black Dragon Pool Park, Tiger Leaping Gorge and the easily visable Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Lijiang put the cherry on the cake for me whilst in Yunnan as the whole province is a must see when in China.
This restaurant (on the left of the pic) is located near the watermill in the old town. The food here is very good. I... more travel advice
Just a few kilometres north of the visitor's centre for the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you'll find this lovely man-made... more travel advice
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