Lijiang Travel Guide
|Lijiang Old Town |
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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