Lijiang Travel Guide

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Lijiang Things to Do

  • Local Ecotourism!!

    Do ecotourism in Lijiang!! Have a great experience of the local culture, visit small villages and stunning landscapes and meanwhile support the local communities! Have a look at Xintuo ecotourism' website. They do amazing trips and know the most hidden and awsome places!!

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  • Lion Hill Park

    Walk up to the Lion Hill and then go to Wangdu Tower. You will see both side of Lijiang, the old one and newer one.A path begins from the side of the Waterwheel monument. There are some signs on route, but there are quite small. So go just uphill and don't go right from only corner where you might get lost (look sign to left). After a ticket gate...

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  • In and around Kunming, Lijiang and Shuhe

    Hi there micmik!Im a nomad/tourist/student in the Kunming/Lijiang area for the past 8 months! I'll see what I can help a bit here! here's a recap of what you typed earlier:Day 1 : arrive Kunming at 3pm. Walk around Kunming town.Day 2 : morning flight to Diqing (Shangri La). Arrive at 9am. Walk around and spend 1 night.Day 3 : after lunch, afternoon...

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Lijiang Restaurants

  • Good Chinese food in Lijiang

    (Note Chinese name is 乡野风味土锅鸡.)Good food, good service.After a few days in Yunnan we were starting to miss mainstream Chinese food, since a lot of the local dishes didn't really appeal to us. Then we found this place a block off the main restaurant district. It was getting late, and the place was a...

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  • Excellent restaurant

    • We liked this restaurant mainly because unlike the other restaurants it was quiet. The food was varied Western and Asian but with a skew towards Japanese food.

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  • Best Coffee in LiJiang

    Nordic Delight Cafe was a little off the beaten path but a great find! Mamuana and Bill went to great lengths to make sure we had everything we needed and felt welcomed. Their Americano was delicious! I love finding a good cup of Yunnan-grown coffee. They are serving Hani Coffee which is a newer company that works with directly with local Chinese....

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Lijiang Nightlife

  • A cafe at day and a bar by night

    I discovered this place in an alley, 5 minutes away from the bustling center of the lijiang old town just next to my hostel (mama naxi). The cafe bar has cozy red couches and an ambience perfect for chilling out on a lazy afternoon. They serve great hot chocolate and small snacks at reasonable prices. They even provide shelves of books, ranging...

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  • Traditional music

    One of the must see (and for that matter hear), things to do in the evening whilst in Lijiang is to pay a visit to the Naxi Orchestra. This music shouts China and is the ancient music, the traditional Naxi classical music that is regarded as a 'living fossil of Chinese music.'The orchestra is made up of 33 men and women - the men wearing silk...

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  • Drinking, dancing & singing

    I was quite amazed by just how much nightlife there was in Lijiang. The main concentrate exists along Xinhua Jie where the main Yu River runs along. Here you can find many bars and a few dancing night clubs and all kinds of music from modern disco to a solo act playing acoustic guitar.

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Lijiang Transportation

  • Bus to Jade Snow Mountain.

    • We decided that we would wing it and try and do it ourselves. Mindful of other advice we walked out of the Old Town and along to catch the Number 7. The sign for the bus itself is not along the main road but in a laneway. There is a sign for it but if you are not looking for the sign itself you might miss it as we did. I have included a...

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  • Cheap Airline Tickets.

    •Buy at the ticket office to the east of the Old City (entry to the east of the Old Town Management Board Tourism Service point). Much much cheaper. We were able to buy tickets for Chengdu for 510 Yuan cash.

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  • A Reliable Travel Company in Lijiang

    Cross-Country Club of Lijiang can help you arrange trips from Lijiang to any point in Yunnan. They also organize hikes around Lijiang.We went on a 2-day trip to Zhongdian and we paid Y600 per person (4 people in one van). Price includes transportation, accomodation in Zhongdian old town and entrance fees.Address: 67 Xinhua St, Upper...

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Lijiang Shopping

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  • Naxi clay figurines

    One of the few souvenirs we did buy which was not available anywhere else was these supposedly Naxi clay figurines and wall hangings. Whether or not they are truly authentic is open to debate but they were different. About A$8.00

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  • natural turquoise

    fake turquoise are sold by many shops in the old town and i found that they even don't know the turquoise they sell are fake! finnally ,i went into this shop,found the sellers really professional and hundreds of recommended msg papers written by different languages&people were pasted all over the wall. i bought my wife a piece of veritable natural...

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  • where to buy natural turquoise for real

    nice shop nice man.custom-made jewelry & crystal win our eyes:) natural turquoise,crystal,ruby&sapphire rmb 190.00

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Lijiang Local Customs

  • famous Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Show

    At night, Lijiang will never disappoint her friends who have come from far away. When dawn arrives, various recreational activities will be played in the Old Town. As well as the exotic local scenery to be enjoyed during the day, the colorful nightlife in Quick Guide will give you a profound understanding of the mysterious cultures practiced by the...

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  • Mud bricks for walls

    If you walk around some of the back streets and alleyways you'll probably notice buildings with a more rustic feel like this one where you can clearly see is built from mud bricks.

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  • The Naxi

    The people of the Naxi ethnic minority mostly live in the Naxi Autonomous County in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, while the rest live in Sichuan and Tibet. Their population is 308,893 according to the 2000 census. In the name Naxi (also spelled Nakhi), Na means senior and honored and Xi means people. Lijiang has been the base of the Naxi for about the...

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Lijiang Warnings and Dangers

  • Rockslides

    The road near Tiger Leaping Gorge is prone to rock slides and can be closed. When I was there they were just dropping people off on one end of the slide, people climbed over and other cars would pick them up on the other side. But the rocks started sliding again shortly before I got there - so no one was trying to get across!

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  • Lijiang Tour Companies

    Lijiang and the surrounding area is incredible. Unfortunately the local tour companies are not so good. They tend to be money mills rushing everyone through to get volume. We booked a two day hike in Tiger Leaping Gourge with what appeared to be a professional well managed operation. The day was to start by meeting at the Big Wheel at 8:30. At 7:45...

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  • Its cold up on the mountain in winter

    Hire coats at the base of the cable car up to Yak Mountain. They are necessary. 30 Yuan each. ORYou could hire longer coats for 50-60 Yuan at the place in the photograph.

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Lijiang Tourist Traps

  • wasted stop at Shuhe old town

    we took on a daytrip where one of the stops was ShuHe old town, smaller and much more laid back than its big sister Lijiang old town.instead of going around exploring the 'other' old town, we end up in a so-called Tibetan quack doctor at the far left of the town. the doctor-monks are said to correctly guess your health condition, and prescribe...

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  • Yulong Tourist Centre not for non...

    Yulong Tourist Centre is geared for Chinese tourists- the staff's English is not good. Despite showing them a drawing of Blue Moon Valley they did not seem to understand. Go straight to the ticketing office.

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  • Wenchang Temple This is a scam.

    We walked up to the area on the first day for a view of the old city. It was Ok. However, very soon after arriving a young girl came up to us and we had a small conversation. In the outer courtyard there is a small area where for 10 Yuan you can spin a horn around a circle of Chinese horoscopes. Of course, I did and of course I then had to reveal...

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Lijiang What to Pack

  • Don't take your rolling bag!

    I know many people like rolling bags and think they're just great. Don't bring it to Lijiang. You, like many others, will end up carrying it down the cobbled, crowded streets. Think it's safer? How strong is your grip? Are you prepared?Four images.Bring a backpack if you can. It'll make your trip here easier. If you haven't tried to carry a rolling...

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  • Be prepared than be sorry

    Backpacks over Trolleys because the latter are not easy to drag in the old town due to the cobble stones Dress in layers...as it could be cold at nights (below 20 even during summer). Highest temp. during summer could reach 30 so light clothing is prepared. Be sure to bring umbrellas as it could rain sometimes. Don't forget your caps and...

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  • Travel with backpack!

    If you want to stay in the old town of Lijiang, it is advisable to travel with a backpack instead of a suitcase. No cars are allowed here, and it can be quite a challenge to reach your chosen guesthouse and get away from it again , especially because of the cobblestoned streets. If you don't travel in the summer and choose a traditional...

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Lijiang Off The Beaten Path

  • First Bend of the Yangtze River

    I took a day trip out of Lijiang in order to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge which first included a trip to the first bend of the mighty Yangtze River. The Yangtze River, considered the mother river of China, flows majestically through the centre of China and is the third longest river in the world. Starting from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the...

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  • Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Most tours only take you to the first of the rapids just at the start of the Gorge, this one is most developed with steps, stairs and viewing platforms and plenty of people. By staying overnight at Tina's Guesthouse, which is great, over looks the Gorge and about 8kms further in we were able to hike down to the middle rapids. The scenery was better...

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  • Other aspects of Lijiang

    There's more here than the tourist stuff. Just look around and it's a nice place... men smoking bamboo pipes, mothers and babies, chilis hung to dry, walls crumbling to reveal the inner layers- a physical embodiment of the facade that is China. Right now I'm dealing with angry superiors for not letting students cheat on the makeup exam they took...

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Lijiang Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking the Great Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Most folks use Lijiang as a base before proceeding to Qiaotou to do the greatest hike in China. Set aside at least 2-3 days to do the hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge and avoid the rainy season at all costs. You need to have really good gore tex boots and a hiking stick for this activity. The rocks there can be bloody slippery after a rain and a missed...

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  • Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Jin Sha River divide Yu Long Snow Mountain and Ha Ba Snow Mountain, and become the world deepest gorge - Tiger Leaping Gorge, it located on 18 Km far from Lijiang Old Town.Spend two day one night to hiking, u can stay on Halfway guesthouse or Tea Horse guesthouse , for one night rest, leave on next day. Small bag, (Big bag can leave on the gorge...

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  • Hiking/Trekking

    Hiking in this beautiful landscape is an absolute must! Specially the old trading paths along Tiger Leaping Gorge are ideal for hiking. It is possible to hike several days along the Gorge with the possibility to stay over night.

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Lijiang Favorites

  • Attractive One Day Trip to Tiger Leaping...

    It is well-known Tiger Leaping Gorge is the most spectacular site in the lijiang area.Its name came from a legendary story about a hunter who was chasing a tiger,The tiger escaped by leaping over the river with the assistance of a large stone in the middle,thus the name 'Tiger Leaping Gorge'. the gorge is divided into upper,middle,and lowerTiger...

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  • Maps

    The old town of Lijiang is spread over quite a large area and all I had for navigation was a silly little map in my Lonely Planet. However, as you'll walk around you'll see these maps of the local area where you are which prove a great help as things do look the same!

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  • Old and new

    There is so much of touristic interest in the Lijiang area that you could very well miss the contrasts. These are not just between the old "touristic" part of the city and the new city. Inside the city are pockets of not so old, not so new vestiges of socialist China. If you had the time I would take you to an old market neighborhood and to an old...

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