Lijiang Travel Guide

Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town
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Lijiang, an attractive tourist destination in Yunnan Province, is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snowy mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by friendly people. It exercises jurisdiction over four counties and an Old Town District. This is the main region inhabited by the 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). 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 well preserved Lijiang Old Town, listed a World Cultural Heritages site 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 local architecture and the profound cultural heritage of the region. It is graced by well preserved ancient buildings and the Naxi Culture.
Cycling in Lijiang
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. Go by bus or car to remote places. Or one can directly hire a car for traveling freely.

Lijiang Food
A variety of food can be found in the Old Town. Authentic Naxi Cuisine should not be missed if you wish to taste different local food during the trip. If you do not like it, western fast food outlets such as KFC and Pizza Hut may satisfy you.

Shopping in Lijiang
Shopping is very convenient in the town. Souvenirs marked with Dongba hieroglyphs are very popular with visitors from home and abroad. 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 drawing many researchers’ interests all over the world.

Some fast facts and practical information provided below will help you during your trip.
  • Area Code & Zip Code
  • Useful Phone Numbers
  • Post Office
  • Festivals

- Last modified on Nov. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Lijiang Travel
Asked by MAHATEU | Nov. 18, 2019 02:07Reply
There is a Impression Lijiang show on December 30th 2019 and January 1st-2nd 2020?
I have planed to visit there on Dec 30th 2019- Jan 2nd 2020.
I know Impression Lijiang Show will close on Dec 31th but I m not sure about Dec 30 and Jan 1st-2nd.
give me information please.
Asked by chuchokseng | Aug. 28, 2019 07:51Reply
traveling to Lijiang
What is the best way to travel from shantou to lijiang.

Thank you.

Chok Seng
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from SINGAPORE | Aug. 30, 2019 01:29

There is no direct public transportation between them. Maybe you can take train to Guangzhou first, then take airplane or bus to Lijiang.
Asked by EL from SLOVENIA | Aug. 09, 2019 09:03Reply
Is there a bus from Tiger leaping gorge to Jade dragon snow mountain?
Are there any other ways to get on the snow mountain from TLG without returning to Lijiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from USA | Aug. 12, 2019 19:01

Sorry, there is no public bus between them. The only way is to hire a car so you don't need to go back Lijiang.
Asked by Isabelle from FRANCE | Aug. 09, 2019 03:24Reply
Hi, does anyone know if there is left luggage in the railway station of lijiang
but other that the box where we must pay with Qr code?
Thanks in advance for your answer
Answers (1)
Answered by Jone from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 12, 2019 18:59

Yes, you can store your luggage in the railway station. I think it is difficult for you to use mobile payment (QR code), so you need to prepare enough cash.
Asked by health1 from USA | Jul. 31, 2019 05:28Reply
A few questions for those who know
Hello -- Thank you if you can venture an educated guess:

1) private car cost from Shangri-La to Shaxi
2) private car cost from Shaxi to Dali Hilton
3) private car cost from Kunming all day to rice terraces (middle of September)

4) best way from Shaxi to Dali Hilton (other than #2)

What we hope to do is get private cars on an 'as we go' basis. We'll ask at our hotels (Intercon in Lijiang and either Banyon or Shangri La in Shangri La - neither set yet).

Can we expect that finding drivers will be a feasible option between our stops? When would this be the best option? If it takes an hour to get to a bus station and then the bus (x2 for us) costs more than a taxi or car, we feel the bus would not be the best option. Correct? We are reasonably flexible and have traveled to many places (but not to this part of China). We have good English but rudimentary Chinese skills. We know how to ask someone to write our destination down for us beforehand however.

Plan is:
Sept 4-8 Lijiang (Intercontinental)
Sept 8-11 Shangri La (see above)
Sept 11-12 Shaxi (two nights: maybe the Old Theatre Inn? - rent a bike for the day)
Sept 12-14: Dali (Hilton resort with free shuttle into old town)
Sept 15: fly from Dali to Kunming (worried there will be no bus tickets left when we're there to book at the station: justified?)
Sept 16: fly home (South Korea) from Kunming (got good non-stop flight)

Please feel free to comment and thanks in advance for all advice!
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave from USA | Aug. 07, 2019 01:56

1. Sorry, I'm not clear about the expense of renting car to these places you list and there is no related information on the Internet. I only find the fare from Shaxi to Dali, it costs CNY 400 to 600.

2. It is suggested to bargain price with driver when you get there.

3. These places are popular attractions and I think it is not difficult to find drivers on the way. You can ask your hostel staff to recommend some professional drivers for you.

4. Yes, renting the car is more convenient than taking bus.

5. From Dali to Kunming, you are suggested to go to bus station early. Generally speaking, there will have enough tickets. Don't worry.

Generally speaking, your travel plan in detailed and considerate. Have a nice journey!
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