Nujiang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 怒江傈僳族自治州 (nù jiāng lì sù zú zì zhì zhōu)
Area: 14,703 square kilometers (5,677 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Yunnan, southwest China
Administrative Division: 1 county-level city (Lushui); 1 county (Fugong); 2 autonomous counties (Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County, Lanping Bai and Primi Autonomous County)
Area Code: 0886
Zip Code: 673200
GDP (2019): CNY 19.251 billion (USD 2.790 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Lisu, Nu, Dulong, Pumi, Bai
Highlighting Nujiang Valley
Situated in the northwest of Yunnan Province, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture neighbors Lijiang, Diqing and Dali to the east. It is also bordered by Tibet to the north and shares a boundary of nearly 450 kilometers (280 miles) with Burma to the west. Nujiang has a unique canyon landform. Grand canyons shaped by Dulong River, Nu River and Lancang River extend through Nujiang from north to south. The Nujiang Valley in the northwest of Yunnan is the longest, most mysterious and most beautiful valley in Yunnan. Nujiang is also a multi-ethnic area with a long history where Lisu, Nu and Dulong and other ethnic people live together. Unique customs, songs, dances, costumes, architecture and diets have been formed. There are many beautiful and idyllic ethnic villages, the First Bend of Nujiang River, Tibetan Buddhist temples and churches in Bingzhongluo.
Attractions - Things to Do
Nu River Gorges: Nujiang Prefecture contains three parallel longitudinal rivers, Nu River, Lancang River and Dulong River. Among the magical gorges formed by the rivers, Nu River Gorges is the most spectacular. The part of the gorge in Yunan is over 600 kilometers (373 miles) long. With picturesque lofty mountains, virgin forests, river rapids and snowscape in spring and winter, the gorge is the most breathtaking example in the world. The Stone Moon is another spectacle in the gorge. It sits on a rocky peak of Gaoligong Mountain. Looking from a distance from the highway, visitors can sea a clear moon hanging in the sky. Actually, it is an elliptic rock hole about 100 meters (328 feet) high on a mountain peak. 600 meters (656 yards) from Fengxue Yakou (mountain mouth of wind and snow) stands the magical Tingming Lake. When people speak around the lake, it will rain or hail.
The Dulong Gorge is regarded as a natural museum of wild plants. It is located in the boundary area between northwestern Yunnan and Burma with the Gaogongli Mountain on the eastern bank. This little-known gorge is completely isolated from the outside world when snow blocks the way from October to May.
Bingzhongluo is a township on the border of Gongshan Autonomous County and Tibet. It is spoken of as the Shangrila of Nujiang Prefecture. Nu, Tibetan and Dulong ethnic minorities live there. Primitive religions, Lamaism and Christianity coexist among those minorities.
How to Get to Nujiang
There are three main routes to Nujiang. Visitors can take buses from Kunming directly to Liuku Town or Gongshan County of Nujiang. Regular buses are available from Kunming Passenger Transportation Bus Station at the south end of Beijing Lu, neighboring Nanyao Railway Station. Liuku is about 581 kilometers (361 miles) from Kunming. The whole journey takes 13 hours.
Visitors can get to Baoshan and Dali by air first, and then change to buses to Liuku. Dali is about eight hours' drive to Liuku, and four hours from Baoshan.
Enjoying a plateau monsoon climate at low altitude, Nujiang is characterized by clear dry and wet seasons, great temperature difference between day and night and small temperature difference during the whole year. Due to the landform and altitude, it is colder in its northern part and warmer in the south. September is the best time to visit here, just after the rainy season.
Nujiang Travel Tips
History: Yunnan, especially the western part, is an important cultural source of ancient China, and Nujiang Prefecture was the hometown of many primitive tribes. Along with many regions in Yunnan, this area was brought under the administration of the central government in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), and was later governed by Nanzhao (738-937) and Dali (937-1253) states during the Tang and Song dynasties. Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Region was established in 1954 and changed to a prefecture three years later.
Physical Features: Lying in the longitudinal valley area of Hengduan Mountains in western Yunnan, Nujiang is made up of lofty mountains and roaring rivers, with more than forty peaks in the prefecture over 4,000 (13,123) meters high. Its terrain generally slopes downward from north to south. Other than a small area of flat land on the fringe, Lancang and Dulong rivers, mountainous regions constitute the main part of the area.
Local Highlights: This area is the only autonomous prefecture for Lisu ethnic minority. Nu and Dulong are minority groups unique to this region. Lanping Bai and Primi Autonomous County is the main community of Primi. People of ethnic minorities still maintain their traditional culture and customs.
Special Local Products: braided rug of Dulong ethnic minority, sumac, herbs, marble
Lushui: Nujiang Hotel in Nujiang Avenue, right beside Tongxin Square and Nujiang Tianyue Business Hotel, 187 South Xiangyang Rd.
Fugong: Yijingyuan Business Hotel, 58 South Shangpa Street and Fuqiao Business Hotel, 16 South Shangpa Street.
Gongshan: Xiagu Hotel, 212 Cikai Rd and Lijing Hotel, 59 Shimen Street.
It’s a little hard to charter one minibus to go through all the places, you are suggested to charter different cars from local.
No. 100 of Tongren Street, Longyang District
No. 39 of Jiulong Road, Longyang District
No. 178 of Middle Nanfang Road.
Jimei Holiday Inn
Located at Rehai Road.
All these hotels are about CNY 150 for a economical room.