Lijiang Overview

Chinese Name: 丽江 English IPA: /'lijiang/ Location: Northwest of Yunnan Population (city): 1,244,769 Language: Mandarin & Naxi Language Zip code: 674100 Tel code: 0888 Time zone: UTC+8

Lijiang has a history of at least 800 years and may date as far back as the Song Dynasty. It is located in the northwestern portion of Yunnan and borders Sichuan. Lijiang is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Yunnan Travel. Lijiang is considered as a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by Naxi Ethnic Minority. What’s more, Lijiang is the transfer station of Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Route.

Highlights of Lijiang:

  • Lijiang Ancient Towns: As one of important heritage sites,  the ancient towns of Lijiang, including Lijiang Ancient Town, Baisha Ancient Town and Shuhe Ancient Town(those retain a special character of ancient Naxi and Han construction and Naxi customs, arts and culture), are rare well-preserved ancient city of ethnic minority in China, which concentrates the essence of Naxi culture and remains the historical type formed since Song and Yuan Dynasty.
  • Colorful Minority Culture: As a multi-ethnic place, Lijiang is the base camp of 22 ethnic minorities. In addition to the Han people, Naxi and  Yi minorities are the main ethnic groups in Lijiang. When you come to the mysterious Lijiang, it is easy to find Naxi architecture everywhere and listen to the Naxi language said by Naxi people and feel the Dongba culture. What’s more, tourists can not only enjoy beautiful landscape in Lugu Lake but also explore mysterious matriarchal system of Mosuo people.
  • An important Station on the Ancient Tea Horse Road: Lijiang is the transfer station of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. It was a center for the economic and cultural communication between various ethnic groups such as the Naxi, Han, Tibetans, and Bai. For those people who want to track back the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Shuhe Ancient Town and Lashi Lake will be the best places for you to feel the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
  •  Spectacular Natural Sceneries: Lijiang is a paradise for the natural attractions, such as the grand Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, wonderful Tiger Leaping Gorge, mysterious Lugu Lake. What’s more, Lijiang is a good place to go hiking or cycling due to the good natural environment, including Tiger Leaping Gorge, Wenhai Lake and Lashi Lake.

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