Lijiang Wooden Rod Festival is a traditional trade fair of the Naxi nationality, annually held in the Old Town of Lijiang. It brings together people from various nationalities. Nowadays the festival has functions of commerce, culture preservation, and entertainment.
During the festival the locals, especially farmers and businessmen, get together in the Wooden Rod Fair with a variety of goods. The fair sells everything from farm tools and various flowers to sweets and toys for children. The list of goods involved in this fair is growing longer by the year.
Local Specialties: fresh flowers, dried flowers, ginger sugar, white tea, Pu'er tea, essential oils extracted from plants and flowers, silk shawls, air-dried yak meat, spirulina, and so on.
If you walk along the fair street, you will see a great amount of handles for spades, shovels, and hoes, rolling pins, carrying poles, and any other wooden rod-shaped goods you can imagine. That is why people call it the Wooden Rod Fair.
In their ancient agricultural society, Naxi people in Lijiang often celebrated a whole year's harvest in the first month of the Chinese 'agricultural' calendar, so as to carry out trading activities. Later the celebrations gradually become a regular, scheduled festival to hold large trade and cultural activities with more and more people from different nationalities getting together.
Cost: ￥80/ person (it goes towards the maintenance of the Old Town of Lijiang)
How to Get There
Lijiang City is located in northwest Yunnan Province, 525 kilometers from Kunming city.
The average low temperature in Lijiang is between 0°C and 15°C. Remember to bring a thick coat to keep warm at night.