The Lijiang Ancient City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has a history of over 800 years. It was an important stopover point in ancient times playing a very important role in the trading activities among Yunnan, China hinterland, Tibet, India and many other neighbouring Asian countries. The town is full of ancient wooden buildings, stone roads, and small bridges. It is the only old city built without a city wall. Standing in the city, you can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Several television series were also shot here. The former mansion of the Tusi people (Mu Mansion) and the Naxi ancient music performances should definitely be on your checklist.
Lijiang Old Town is one of the famous historical and cultural city in China, and a World Cultural Heritage. Its buildings was kept in the very traditional Naxi style, the layout, structure and outlook were well designed based on its terrain and the locals old life style, and has very profounding impact on the Naxi ethnic and keeps the old water supply system.
Now it's devided into several parts: food zone, commercial, historical, hostels etc. Go and check it out there, you won't regret it!
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Xiangshan locates in Heilongtan Park actually. Started from the south gate of Heilongtan, there is a trail. Once you're up to the first pavilion, the beautiful view of the southern part of the old town will come into your eyes. Keep going for about 15 minutes in the small woods, it will come to the stair part, a little bit out of breath, but keep on going for another 20 niumutes. It will reward you with the final pavilion, where you have open view of the show Lijiang Old Town, as well as the Qingxi Reservoir, and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
It's a show trail only takes about 1.5-2 hours for visiting but so worthy. Strongly recommended.
🎫Free Entrance, registration required;
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Lijiang Old Town is absolutely beautiful and you get a different feel from it! I recommend to stay inside the ancient city, and spend at least 2 nights to fully appreciate it. You’ll see tourists dress in Naxi attire for photos. During the day it’s quiet as tourists are out and about, but at night it comes alive with many music bars, restaurants and shops. Souvenir shops close around 11pm and clubs/bars around 1am. You’ll also find western options and highly recommend N’s Kitchen for foreigners as the owners speak English and can provide helpful information on tours and attractions. Be careful on rainy days as the cobbled street becomes slippery! The high altitude can affect you sometimes so take it easy.
🚕 Getting There - 45 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the railway station by car, the ancient town tourist area has multiple entrances to make access convenient. Due to COV-19 measures, visitors have to scan their 身份证 at the gate -- foreigners on the other hand will have to register in addition to showing their travel code. The amount of hassle they give you depends on who is working the gate that day.
🎡 Attractions - There's no shortage of things to do, eat and see -- in fact, the Town feels much more vibrant than typical tourist experiences elsewhere in China. Every alleyway is a gorgeous view, there's a good and diverse array of restaurants and coffee shops, and some great Yunnan-specific souvenirs in addition to obligatory Peppa Pig tchotchkes.
🏨 Hotels - You'd do well to stay in Ancient Town itself. Why stay at a Hilton or other chain when there are dozens of gorgeous converted traditional wooden courtyard homes competing for your patronage? These Inns are cozy, intimate and the Innkeepers pull out a ton of stops to stay relevant. We stayed at the Anyin Private Courtyard Inn and loved its close proximity to the entrance gate as well as the beautiful exteriors of the hotel itself (the resident Alaskan malamute was a big plus too!)
🍜 Food & Restaurants - You've got your pick of tons of Yunnan and Naxi snacks, and a good variety of coffee shops, plus the usual Chinese fare. If you're real desperate for Western food, there's even a McDonalds and Starbucks - the only ones for miles.
🛍 Shopping - Yunnan poncho? Yak's milk candy? Embroidered slippers? Leather goods? 300 year old bells? A Pikachu ukulele? Lijiang's got it all. I was actually impressed that the shopping was more region-specific and higher quality than the likes of some other tourist traps and the prices are fair, too. There's also several pharmacies and convenience stores, which meant we could stock up on sunblock and beers within a few steps of our hotel.