Lijiang is a city in Yunnan province. It is considered as one of the most popular tourist destination in China. Lijiang lies on a mountainous area, with high sea-level in the northwest and low sea-level in the southeast. It has mountain ranges and glaciers that are snow-capped all year round. There has fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of minority.
Nestled beneath snow-capped peaks, Lijiang Ancient Town of Yunnan Province is a living museum as it is home to the Naxi people who have steadfastly preserved their centuries-old heritage. They still live in traditional homes, play ancient music and celebrate ethnic festivals with vitality.
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Lijiang Tour Routes Arranged by Chinatravelkey
LJ-PH-01. Lijiang 3 Days
LJ-PH-02. Lijiang 3 days
LJ-PH-03. Lijiang four
LJ-PO-01. Baisha Mural Paintings, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain 1 day tour
day tour of Tiger Leaping Gorge
LJ-PT-01. Lijiang Airport Transfer
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YN-ST3. 2 Days Lijiang-Shangri-La Tour
YN-ST4. 2 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour
YN-ST5. Lijiang One Day Join in Tour to Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
Place to Start Lijing Tour
Our English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, train station, hotels or apartment in Lijiang.
Best Season of Lijiang Tour
Lijiang has three different climate zones, ranging from subtropical in the southeast, to warm temperatures in the center, and cold temperatures in the northwest. Lijiang has a clear annual distinction between the wet and dry seasons. Spring is warm and dry, and this season is good for outdoor sightseeing in Lijiang. Summer is the rainy season with the most beautiful scenery in a year, thus it become the peak season for travel. Autumn is also good time to visit this city for the weather is clear and colorful plants all grows well during those months. Winter is dry and cold. It is not suitable for hiking in this season because mountain regions will be fiercely cold. As a result, the best season to start your Lijiang tour is April to November.
Time Zone: East 7 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
Take long-sleeve shirts, light sweater and coat for warm spring and autumn. Summer is always rain, so bring an umbrella or a raincoat in case of the sudden change of the weather. T-shirts, shorts and skirts can be wearing during summer. Better prepare sun protection in Lijiang during summer because sunlight is very strong at that time. Down jacket and thick sweater is necessary in winter.
Accommodation of Lijiang Tour
There are so many accommodations could be chosen in Lijiang. With star ratings ranging from five stars to three stars, travelers can find any type of hotels they need. Also there are seven youth hostels which are members of Youth Hostel catering to the needs of budget travelers. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to get in Lijiang:
--Lijiang Airport has flights to Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Guiyang, etc. It is situated in the south of Lijiang city. Advice is better get to Kunming and then marching to Lijiang since there are many famous scenic spots in Kunming.
--Lijiang Railway Station is located about five kilometers away from the old town. It operates two scheduled trains coming from Kunming everyday, and vice versa.
Internal Transport: The best way to waling around Lijiang is on foot. You can soak in its leisurely peace of life when you wandering on the street of Lijiang old town. The same with walking, travel by bike is also a good choice to getting around. You can rent a bike in Hongtaiyang Square bike rental service.
Taxi in Lijiang are mainly parked at Jade Dragon Bridge region, you can get them for sightseeing. Bargain first when you get on the car. It can be convenient and fast to get your destination.
Lijiang Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Lijiang and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Lijiang food has the features of Han and Tibetan styles. Lijiang food pays particular attention to freshness, and the meat is often braised or roasted, producing famed local dishes of grilled fish and Roast Whole Lamb. Authentic Naxi cuisine consists of a number of tasty snacks that can be easily found in the streets of Lijiang City. Some famous local cuisines are: Baba, Sanchuan Ham, Blew liver, Bean Jelly, Rice Clysis, Soybean Noodle and Sweet Ferment Rice, etc.
Some local snacks could be found on Square Street if you are interested in the special flavor of the local minority. There are some good restaurants to recommend:
Hua Hua Shen Restaurant (Fuhui Road, the New District)
Naxi Yinshi Wenhua Cheng (Fuhui Road, the New District)
Dashiqiao Snack (No.5, Square Street, the Old Town)
Mama Fu’s (Xinyijie miyunxiang)
--Also there are some western food and café in the city:
Sakura café (Xinhua jie)
Lijiang Guanfang Hotel (Shangri-La Avenue, the New District)
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Lijiang is an important stop along the trade road in Tang Dynasty and there are so many wonderful goods passed by the city, even today Lijiang is still an important shopping spot for merchandise from different parts of China and abroad. You can get ethnic and folk featured souvenirs in the city. Worth buying local specialties are: Bunun Bell, Handwoven Cloth, Naxi Silver Ornaments, Naxi Shawls and Lijiang Snow Tea, etc. Handiworks in Lijiang are so popular for souvenir.
·Where to buy?
The most prosperous shopping center in Lijiang is Square Street. A large number of souvenir shops are located here, selling various kinds of decorations and handicrafts. Bu Nong Ling is a good place to buy the Bunong Bell. They are stylish designed and wonderful. The address is east of the big stone bridge of Lijiang Old Town.
--Other shopping places to recommend:
Dongba Ji Xiang Ling (No.1, Xinyuan Alley, Guangyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town)
Li Yin (No.43, Guanyuan Alley, Guangyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town)
Sun Wood-carvings (Mishi Alley, Xinyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town)
Festivals and Customs:
·Zhuanshan Festivals: It is a very important festival for those Mosuo people living along the charming Lugu Lake. On every 25th July of Chinese lunar calendar, the Mosuo people will wear their finest clothes, visiting the Lion Mountain beside Lugu Lake on foot or horseback. They hold a series of entertainments such as horse racing, wrestling and singing. At this time, young men and girls will look for their lovers.
·Bangbang Festival: It is held on 15th January of Chinese lunar calendar every year. The festival marks the end of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the agricultural production in a new year. On that day, locals flock into the Square Street from far and near, selling or buying wooden and bamboo farm tools.
·Naxi Torch Festival: It is a traditional festival among Yi and Bai minority groups. It is also known as the Oriental Carnival. During the Torch Festival, the young men will take some small torches in their hands. They will walk around the farmland and hills together. They will sing songs till the midnight. It is believed that more fire will bring more luck.
Recreation in Lijiang
For recreation, Lijiang has numerous bars and teahouse. Bars in Lijiang are famous around China. There are bar street stretching from the upper section of Dongda Street to Sifang Street.
If you are interested in traditional music and dance, try the Naxi Ancient Music. Melodious Naxi music is performed every night from 20:00 to 21:30 by a group of local senior musicians who are typically more than 60 years old.
--Nice places to recommend:
Sakura (123 Cuiwen Section of Xinhua Street, Gucheng District)
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Bar Street, Dayan Ancient City)
A Meter Sunshine (6 Shuangshi Section of Bar Street, Xinhua Street, Gucheng District)
Blue Payaya (50 Chengguan Menkou, Dayan Ancient City)
Prague Café (80 Mishi Lane, Xinyi Street, Gucheng District)
Xingfutian Teahouse (24 Zhenxing Lane, Wuyi Street, Gucheng District)
Must-see Attractions of Lijiang Tour
Baisha Mural: Baisha Mural is located about ten kilometers to the north of Lijiang Ancient Town. It were kept and displayed in some ancient buildings around Baisha village. The village was the birthplace of the Tusi of Mu, and was the earliest political and spiritual center of Naxi ethnic minority. The murals are one of the good evidences showing the superb artistry, outstanding creativity and rich imaginations of the craftsmen.
Black Dragon Pond: It is located in the north of the city. Black Dragon Pood is a part of Jade Spring Park. It is also known as Dragon King Temple and was listed as one of Chinese Favorable Springs and Chinese Attractions.
First Bend of the Yangtze River: It is only about 50 kilometers or 30 miles away from Lijiang. It is called the “first bend” because the river makes a 90 degree turn from south to east within a distance of 1 kilometer. The place was important militarily because big armies crossed the river at that point, and it was a place where Tibetans came down to trade with the people living in the area.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The Mountain is consisted of thirteen peaks. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. It is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday.
The Ancient Town of Lijiang: It is a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture and is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. The Ancient Town was firstly built in the late Song Dynasty and the early Yuan Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. It is a historical and cultural town with great value integrates the local history, culture, tradition and presents fundamental characteristics of social development at that time.
Lugu Lake: The Lake lies two hundred kilometers away from the city center of Lijiang. The shape of it is a horse's hoof - long from north to south and narrower from east to west. On the lake there are five islands. They are different sizes and are like green boats floating on the water. Heiwawu Island, Liwubi Island, and Lige Island are most notable. Heiwawu Island is in the center of the lake and has a variety of birds living on it. The lake is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan.
Tiger Leaping Gorge: Tiger Leaping Gorge lies at the Jinshan River where Lijiang and Shangrila meet. It was said that a gigantic tiger had leaped across the gorge. The fall from top to bottom of the gorge amounts to more than 3,000 meters, which allows the gorge to have the biggest drop in elevation around the globe. The gorge enjoys the fame as being queer, perilous, sublime and magnificent in the world.
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