Street of Lijiang Old Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi Ancient Music
Jade Spring Park
Old Town of Shuhe
Stone Drum and the First Bend of the Yangtze River
Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan Protected Areas
White Water River
Splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture make up the unique city of Lijiang. Each year it attracts a great number of visitors from home and abroad. To find a fairyland far from the bustling metropolises, please do not hesitate to come here.
In many visitors' minds, Lijiang refers to the Old Town which is an essential part of the whole city. In the 800 years from the Southern Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, the local governors and their subjects inhabited this city which has an advantageous geographical location not requiring a city wall. They created the famous Dongba Culture and the Naxi Ancient Music, and left a large group of unique Naxi buildings in this area.
|Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang|
There are a number of places of historical interest and natural scenic spots here, awaiting your exploration. Mu's Residence (Mufu), once the palace of the supreme ruler Chieftain Mu of the area, was reconstructed by the World Bank in 1996 in the northwest part of Old Town. It is the best place for visitors to enjoy the splendid architectural heritage of ancient Lijiang. Jade Spring Park(Heilongtan Park) is a wonderful place about one kilometer (about 0.62 miles) away from Square Street, combining natural beauty and historical sites harmoniously. The best place to see the full extent of the Old Town is Lion Mountain Park which is just 250 meters (about 0.16 mile) from Square Street. With an altitude of 2,500 meters (8202 feet), the park has a tranquil natural environment. It also has a typical Naxi building-Wan Gu Lou (Aeon Tower) on the mountaintop and some fine local murals.
Eight kilometers (5 miles) to the north of the Lijiang Old Town, you can see the architectural complex of Residential Houses of Baisha Town. In the Song and Yuan dynasties, Baisha was the political, economic and cultural center of the area. It is the embryonic form of the subsequent Lijiang Old Town.The Old Town of Shuhe is another ancient town in the area, which is just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to the northwest of the Lijiang Old Town. The largest stone arch bridge in the area was built here: Green Dragon Bridge. Both of these towns can be reached from the Lijiang Old Town by foot or bicycle.
Finally, Lijiang also prepares a series of splendid natural scenic spots for brave visitors. Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan Protected Areas, Stone Drum and the First Bend of the Yangtze River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge are surely to astonish everyone who enjoys this majestic view.