Lijiang's location in China
Lijiang is a perfect combination of historical
sites, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and ethnic minority cultures. It is famed
worldwide for its UNESCO Heritage Site, the
Old Town of Lijiang, which dates back to over 800 years ago.
Lijiang is located in the northwest of
Yunnan Province, Southwest China. It is about 500 km (300 mi) northwest of the
capital city Kunming, one
hour away by air.
Features of Lijiang
Lijiang is an important transit point along the
Ancient Tea Horse Road. It was a center for the economic and cultural
communication between various ethnic
groups such as the Naxi, Han, Tibetans, and Bai.
Lijiang boasts spectacular
natural scenery varying from snowy mountains and highland glacial lakes to majestic
canyons, making it a great place for outdoor activity lovers.
It is a healthy place to escape city stress, with an excellent environment and leisurely
lifestyle, which draws a large number of visitors from bustling
Highlights of Lijiang
Old Town of Lijiang
Old Town of Lijiang is China's best-preserved
minority ancient town, and the only one among China’s ancient towns without
city walls. It is famous for its ancient architecture and orderly system of
Baisha Village: This is the earliest settlement of the Naxi people. It is a
must-see if you love murals, which combine the cultures of the Han, Tibetan,
and Naxi people.
Shuhe Ancient Town, a
well-preserved example of a town along the Ancient Tea Horse Road, is more
rustic and quiet than Lijiang Old Town.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the
most southerly snow-capped mountain in the Northern Hemisphere outside of the
Andes, soaring to about 5,500 meters (18,000 ft). Those who climb to the top
will be rewarded by an amazing panoramic view (in good
Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest and most beautiful gorge east of the Tibetan Plateau,
and the most acclaimed hiking route in China, is a place that hikers around the
world dream of.
Things to Do in and Around Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets in Lijiang Old Town or Shuhe
Old Town to step back in time.
Pay a visit to the nearby village of Baisha, which offers a glimpse
into the lifestyles and traditional ways of the Naxi community.
Take a cable car to the peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy
Enjoy Impression Lijiang, a spectacular Zhang Yimou production with
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the magnificent backdrop.
Go for a hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge for exhilarating natural scenery.
Best Times to Visit Lijiang
Generally speaking, the weather in Lijiang
is mild, warm in winter and cool in summer. It is suitable for travelling all year round.
Try to avoid Chinese public
holidays, such as Labor Day (May 1 to 7) and National Day (October 1 to 7), and
school summer vacations in July and August, when Lijiang is full of Chinese
Most Popular Lijiang Tours
Lijiang is a heaven for backpackers. But if
you would like to learn about its unique culture and enjoy a more in-depth and
hassle-free experience, a private tour is recommended. Here are some of our
popular Lijiang tours for your inspiration:
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