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Lijiang Travel Guide

Lijiang City, an attractive tourist destination in Yunnan Province, is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. It exercises jurisdiction over four counties and an Old Town District. This is the main region inhabited by Naxi People, one of China's 55 minority ethnic groups.

While the geographical position of the city is remote, it has the advantage of ensuring a pleasant year-round climate and a wide variety of tourist resources in the 7,954 square miles (20,600 square kilometers) area. The earliest recorded history of the city can be traced back to the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC) but with the advent of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the local economy reached a peak with the development of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road which made a great contribution to both commercial and cultural communication between Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.

The Old Town District has the best preserved Lijiang Old Town, which has been listed in the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 1997. The Old Town was once the center of the city and continues to maintain the original flavor of the local lifestyle, the typical groups of buildings and the profound cultural heritage of the region. It is graced by well preserved ancient buildings and the Naxi Culture.
 
Although having one airport and one passenger railway station, flights and trains are not so frequent and convenient. Bicycles and taxis are recommended to get around the Old Town or go to the nearby villages. Bus or car is major vehicle to remote places. Or one can directly hire a car for traveling freely.
 
Cycling in Lijiang
  • Airport
  • Train
  • Long-Distance Bus
  • City Bus
  • Bicycle
  • Taxi

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Lijiang Food
A variety of categories of food can be found in the Old Town. Authentic Naxi Cuisine cannot be missed if trying different local food is your favorite during the trip. If you do not like it, western restaurants such as KFC and Pizza Hut may make you satisfied.

Shopping in Lijiang
Shopping is very convenient in this town. Those featured souvenirs marked with the Dongba hieroglyphs are very popular with visitors from home and abroad. Besides, exotic souvenirs from India and Nepal also can be found while wandering along the streets.

Lijiang Nightlife
Nightlife in the old town is special and colorful. Fantastic Naxi music and dance shows performed in several theaters as well as bars and cafes attract you to walk out of your hotels and join them. The famous bar street in the Old Town, combining tradition and fashion, is really worth a visit.

In its long history, the local residents have established their splendid Dongba Culture which has absorbed aspects of the culture of Tibet and the Central Plains along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. Customs of Dongba Culture are still kept in many towns and villages there. It draws many researchers’ interests all over the world.

Some fast facts and practical information provided below will facilitate your life and trip in the city.
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Lijiang Tours

  • Naxi People
    4 Days Lijiang
    Private from $399
  • Travel to Yunnan
    9 Days Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
    Private from $1399
  • Local Market in Lijiang
    4 Days Beijing - Lijiang - Kunming
    Private from $999
  • Naxi Characters
    12 Days Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Kunming - Lijiang
    Small Group from $1699
    Private from $1779
  • Ancient Village in Lijiang
    11 Days Lhasa - Tsetang - Lhasa - Shangri-La - Lijiang - Kunming
    Private from $1789