Lijiang Ancient Town Travel Tips

‣ Money Exchange

You can use cash and your passport to exchange for Chinese Yuan in every branch of Bank of China without fees charged. And 17 kinds of currency are supported, such as English pound, US dollar, Singapore dollar, Euro and so on.

• Branch Office in Gucheng District(Address: 42 Yuyuan Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang)
• Xianggeli Branch Office(Address: 9 Qixing Street, Gucheng District, Lijiang)
• Branch Office in Fuhui Road(Address: 581, 583 Fuhui Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang)
• Lijiang Branch Office(Address: Changshui Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang)

‣ Useful Numbers

• Fire: 119            • Police: 110            • Ambulance: 120

 Lijiang Airport Inquiry Telephone: 5173081

• Tourism Complaint: 5123432

‣ Toilet Facilities

A number of toilets with good facilities and service have been built in the Old Town in cost of CNY 0.5 per person.

‣ Maintenance Fare

When visiting Lijiang Old Town, travelers should show the staff the Maintenance tickets. This ticket is valid for a week when you are in Lijiang.

‣ What to Pack

Travel light when strolling in the old town. Bring a camera with you that you can take photos along the way. Sunlight is very strong in Lijiang, wear sun protection such as hats, sunglasses and use sun block, etc.

‣ Photography Tips

To shoot some amazing photos of Lijiang Old Town, photographers should not miss Sifang Square, Stone Archway, Five-Phoenix Tower, Naxi architecture and Naxi Ancient Music performance. It is better shoot in the early morning and late afternoon. 

‣ The Best Times to Visit

The best times to visit Lijiang are from late March to May and mid-October to November. In winter, the low nightly temperatures are a little above freezing. So bring plenty of clothes. Bring rain gear for the rainy season between June and September.

‣ Altitude Sickness

The altitude is about 2,400 meters or about 7,800 feet. Some people may get some altitude sickness. So take it easy the first day or two.

‣ Recommended Visiting Route

Travelers can visit Lijiang Old Town through the South Gate, on the way, you’ll pay visit to Mu’s Residence, Lion Hill and Wangu Tower and wander through the old streets and lanes to enjoy leisure feel of the old town. This may take you half day to explore.

Spend another 2 hours to the north of Lijiang Old Town by visiting Black Dragon Pool Park and Dongba Culture Museum. If time permits, you can enter Lijiang Old Town through Black Dragon Pool Park and see the symbol of the town – Large Water Wheels and walk straight to Sifang Square to enjoy the evening performance held by the Naxi people.