Impression Lijiang

Impression Lijiang is currently the only large-scale open-air performance in China given during the day. Using Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as stage background, it shows the ancient Dongba culture of Lijiang, the long history of the ancient tea-horse road and the folk customs of the local Naxi people in forms of songs and dances.

Basic Facts of Impression Lijiang

Type: Song and Dance Performance
Directors: Zhang Yimou, the director of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, together with Wang Chaoge and Fan Yue
Actors: Local Lijiang villagers of over 10 ethnic minorities
Theater: Blue Moon Valley, Ganhaizi, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, whose altitude is 3,100 meters (10,170 feet)
Size of the Theater: The theater can accommodate more than 2,800 people
Length of Performance: 65-70 minutes

A Large-Scale Open-air Song and Dance Performance During the Day

Impression Lijiang is performed in daytime, using the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as its stage background. Wind, rain, snow, clouds, fog, and sunshine are all stage designs. The 12-meter-high stage is made of the red sandstone that symbolizes the red clay of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau where Lijiang is located in. More than 100 horses and 500 non-professional peasant actors with dark skin who are from 16 local villages and over 10 ethnic minorities give their best performance. They use unique movements and original songs to exemplify their culture, history and customs.

What Does Impression Lijiang Tell About

Lijiang Impression  Show uses Lijiang as the plot background, folk culture as the theme, and local villagers as the actors. It has a total of six parts. The first two parts are a dialogue with the mountain, which shows people from all directions the close relationship between human beings and nature. The middle two parts are a dialogue with life by showing people the experiences of climbing the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and traveling to Lijiang Old Town. The last two parts are a dialogue with the ancestors. In the dialogue, you can find that there is always a sacred kingdom in the hearts of Naxi people throughout the ages.

 Kind Reminders:
1. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain entrance fee, and the cable car and sightseeing bus expenses are not included in Impression Lijiang's performance tickets. The entrance fee is CNY 100 and the cable car and sightseeing bus cost a total of CNY 200.
2. The performance theater is 3,100 meters above sea level. In order to avoid accidents, visitors with heart disease, altitude sickness and other visitors who are not suitable to reach high-altitude places should consider carefully before purchasing tickets.
3. The altitude of the theater is too high and the temperature is low. If necessary, you can buy winter clothes and oxygen bottles at the foot of the mountain in advance.

How to Get to Impression Lijiang Theater

Take a taxi or hire a chartered car from Lijiang Old Town to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cost is CNY 80 to 100 for a single trip by taxi, or CNY 200 to 300 for a round trip by charter car; you can share a car with others to save money. After arriving, you can take the sightseeing bus from the visitor center to the theater.

Lijiang Impression Show Price  CNY 280 for ordinary tickets
CNY 346 for VIP tickets
Free for children below 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)
Performance Time 11:10 depending on the number of visitors;
13:30 every day

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Questions & Answers on Impression Lijiang
Asked by Wipawee from THAILAND | Dec. 08, 2019 23:50Reply
Is the theatre of Impression Lijiang closed on end of December?
Should I avoid the time from 21 Dec-31th Dec?
I am planning to visit on the end of December until early of January.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sara from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 11, 2019 19:46

This show will display all year round. I think it is not a bad time in the end of December.
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 01, 2019 19:22Reply
Hi, is jade dragon snow mountain and lijiang impression show stages same location ?. Ty
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Answered by Kathy from CANADA | Nov. 04, 2019 19:48

Lijiang impression is played in Ganhaizi Blue Valley Theater of the Jade Dragon Snow mountain scenic area.
Asked by MC from MALAYSIA | May. 27, 2019 17:34Reply
Your reply to the earlier post that the Lijiang Impression show is in the evening only?
But the details on the website says afternoon. What time is the actual show and do I need to book in advance? If so, how do I go about it? I am going next month in June
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Answered by Jenny from USA | May. 27, 2019 19:39

Hi, the performances are only in the evening. There is no English sites for tickets booking but you can arrive there earlier to purchase tickets and choose seats.
Answered by MC from MALAYSIA | May. 29, 2019 05:42

Oh long do u recommend one tour around the mountain?how far is the scenic area to the show area?also is the show worth watching?
Answered by Jenny from USA | May. 29, 2019 18:01

The show lasts about 70 minutes and I think it is worth watching. It is about 4km from the West Street.
Answered by Jenny from USA | Jun. 02, 2019 20:42

I'm sorry that I make it wrong and provide you the show time of Impression of Sanjie Liu. The performance information of Lijiang Impression on the website is right.
Asked by Michael from MALAYSIA | May. 22, 2019 03:52Reply
Frequency of Lijiang Impression Show
Could I know when there will be only 1 show per day or 2 shows per day? I am planning to visit in early of July and this details would be useful for me to arrange my itinerary.
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Answered by Cindy from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 22, 2019 22:33

There are 2 performances staring at 19:30 and 21:20 every day.
Answered by Michael from MALAYSIA | May. 23, 2019 20:12

There are only 2 shows in the evening? There will be no shows in the morning instead?
Answered by Cindy from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 26, 2019 19:14

Sometimes there will be three performances at night but there is no show in the morning.
Asked by regina from INDONESIA | Oct. 17, 2018 00:34Reply
is it possible to bring elder people to see the Impression Lijiang?
.. no need to climb stairs to reach the theater
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Answered by Kent from USA | Oct. 17, 2018 18:55

If the elder people can adapt to the altitude and climate of Lijiang and have no much altitude stress. Besides, Impression Lijiang is shown in Ganhaizi scenic area and there are buses that drive people to pass that.
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