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.

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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.


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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

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- Last updated on Nov. 30, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Lijiang Travel
Asked by SC from USA | Jul. 20, 2021 11:25Reply
Hi, Near two years ago. I visited China because I had a valid Taiwanese/Chinese resident permit therefor, I need no visa. Unfortunately, that permit it has expired in March 2020. My question to you is. Can I get my Taiwanese/Chinese resident permit renewal at any of your airports when I landed? or I must go back to Taiwan to apply in person and pay to get a renewal from a local travel agency there? Which I got my expired permit from in Taiwan. Thanks. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Have a wonderful day!
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Answered by Cindy from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 26, 2021 01:23

You need to go back to Taiwan to apply for the renewal of your Taiwanese/ Chinese resident permit.
Asked by SC from USA | Jul. 15, 2021 05:16Reply
Chinese/Taiwanese resident permit
Good morning,

I would like to know for how and where can I renew my Chinese/ Taiwanese residency permit? Which it expired in March 2020. Can I renew it at the Beijing airport or....? Your prompt reply to my concern will be greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day!
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Answered by Nelly | Jul. 19, 2021 20:00

As it has already expired in March 2020, you can't renew it. You should apply for a new visa and then get the Chinese residency permit with it.
Answered by SC | Jul. 20, 2021 10:38

Hi Nelly, Thanks for your prompt reply. Let me try again to explain my situation. Near two years ago. I visited China Because I had a valid Taiwanese/Chinese resident permit therefor, I need no visa. Unfortunately, that permit it has expired in March 2020. My question to you is, can I get a renewal on my Taiwanese/Chinese resident permit at any of your airports in China or I must need to fly back to Taiwan, apply in person and pay to get a renewal from a travel agency there? Which it's not my desire to do so. Apologize for not being clearly on my previous inquiry. Have a wonderful day Nelly !
Asked by STEPHY929 | Jan. 22, 2020 01:26Reply
would like to check on end of march do Jade Dragon Snow Mountain still will be snowing?
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Answered by Miriam from CANADA | Jan. 31, 2020 19:35

As I know, you can see some snow on the top up the mountain. Based on the previous weather statistics, the snowy day would be rare at that time. You are suggested to check again the forecast before going there.
Asked by Jamaludin from MALAYSIA | Dec. 23, 2019 09:14Reply
I’m alone . Backpacker. I wanna go shika mounting and snow place area Shangri-La.
On February to march still snow ?
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Answered by Dylan from FINLAND | Dec. 25, 2019 00:15

Yes, as I know, you can still see some snow.
Asked by sanal nandakumar from SINGAPORE | Dec. 18, 2019 16:07Reply
Bus to Chengdu
We're traveling to lijiang by end if December. The plan is to transfer to chengdu after 4 days stay at lijiang area.

I was planning to take train to kunming, and another train from kunming to chengdu. I saw that there is a 12hour bus ride from lijiang to chengdu directly, which ends up at Xinnanmen bus station. Any info on what time and from where the bus start from Lijiang.
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Answered by Kira from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 22, 2019 19:59

You can take bus from Lijiang Coach station, which is located at No.25, Kangzhong Road, Gucheng district. The bus departs at 13:00.
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