Lijiang Travel Tips
Location: to the southeast of Qing-Tibet Plateau and in the northwest of Yunnan Province
Population: about 1,150,000
Nationalities: Naxi, Mosuo, Yi, Tibetan, Pumi, Bai, Dai, Miao, Hui, Zhuang, Lisu and Han
Area Code: 0888
Zip Code: 674100
Useful Phone Numbers:
Tourist Complaint: 5123432
Lijiang Airport Inquiry Telephone: 5173081
Scheduled Flights and Ticket Inquiries: 5161289 5161291 5173079
Post Office: located at No.1, Minzhu Lu, Square Street, the Old Town, Lijiang
Communication: A number of public IC card telephones have been installed in the Old Town, and some stores in the Old Town provide public telephones. Visitors can make direct domestic and international calls. Also, mobile phones can be used freely within the area of the Old Town.
Toilet Facilities: A number of toilets with good facilities and service have been built in the Old Town. Usually, the charge is CNY0.5 per person.
San Duo is the patron saint of the Naxi Group, so each year the local Naxi people will get together to hold a worshipping celebration on 8th February of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is considered to be the most important annual event for the Naxi Group. As well as the big communal ceremony, each Naxi family will hold its own sacred ceremony. On that day, the locals also have some outside entertainment and picnics.
Zhuanshan Festival (Walk Around Mountain Festival)
|Local Ethnic Minorities Celebrating Festival|
This is one of the very important festivals for those Mosuo people living along the charming Lugu Lake. On every 25th July of Chinese lunar calendar, the Mosuo people will wear their finest clothes, visiting the Lion Mountain beside Lugu Lake on foot or horseback. The Lion Mountain is said to be the embodiment of the Mosuo people's guardian goddess. People will burn joss sticks, hang up colorful prayer flags and offer tributes to their goddess on the mountain. They also hold a series of entertainments such as horse racing, wrestling and singing. At this time, young men and girls will look for their lovers, too.
This is a famous festival of those of the Yi Group living in Ninglang County of Lijiang. Originally held on every 24th June of Chinese lunar calendar, this festival was supposed to use fire to protect crops from the destructive insect by fire. Now, it is a bustling trading fair in this region, also involving entertainments. By night, the locals will take torches with them, and gather for singing and dancing around a bonfire.
Bangbang Festival (Stick Festival)
Annually held by the Naxi Group on 15th January of the Chinese lunar calendar, this festival marks the end of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the agricultural production in a new year. Originally held in the local temples as an important religious fair, it was later moved into the Old Town. On that day, locals flock into the Square Street from far and near, selling or buying wooden and bamboo farm tools. In recent years, this festival has grown to be a large trading event, including farm tools, flowers and trees, commodities and toys for children. Now, not only the locals but also a large number of domestic and overseas travelers take part in the Bangbang Festival.
I know that you need a chinese driving license in order to rent a car or motorbike in china. But is it generally possible to rent a small motorbike in LJ and to drive to shangri-la with it? I am currently in the process of applying for my chinese license.
b. Do hotel guests staying in the Old Town need to pay the Admission Fee?
b. You need to pay CNY 80 as the old town protection fee.
Day 1: arrival, Lijiang Old Town
Day 2: Baisha Village
Day 3: Shuhe Ancient Town
Day 4: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Day 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 6: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 7: Lugu Lake
Day 8: First Bend of Yangtze River
Day 9: Depature
The mountain is noted for its height. It is the highest place in the ancient town, and there you can have a panorama view of the whole town.