Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang old Town is officially called “Dayan Town”, “Dayan” literally means a “great ink stab”, a graphic description of the town’s location on a piece of rich flatland fed by a river and surrounded by green mountains. It is a well-preserved Naxi ancient town, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. It is one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make it one of the most popular travel destination in China. 

Highlights:

▪ Three Parts of the Old Town of Lijiang: Dayan Old Town, Baisha Old Town and Shuhe Old Town. The three ancient districts retain a special character of old Naxi and Han construction and Naxi customs, arts and culture.

▪ Style of Architecture: Due to the combination of the multinational culture and the progress of Naxi ethnic minority, the buildings here incorporate the best parts of the architectural traits of Han, Bai, and Tibet into a unique Naxi style. 

▪ Naxi Culture: The ancient traditional culture of the Naxi ethnic group is the Dongba culture, which is based on the Dongba Religion. 

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Lijiang Ancient Town Attractions

Lijiang Old Town features wide cobbled streets ambling over stone bridges and waterwheel-driven canals filled with huge goldfish and lined with shops, cafes and bars. You can not only explore the amazing ancient town with hundred years’ history, but also experience the spirit and feel romantic, relaxing charm of the town without city walls. We’d like to introduce some of the famous sites for you to help you find your own way to explore its grand natural view, peaceful ancient towns and time-honored architectures. [...]

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Lijiang Ancient Town Tours

Lijiang Old Town is a famous tourist destination for its ancient towns, spectacular natural scenery and leisure lifestyle. There are hundreds of arched stone bridges that cross the canals, adding to the charm of the town. Lijiang Old Town Tours not only allow you to go through the surrounding attractions by taking a stroll around the ancient town, enjoying Natural Views at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and going for a hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge, but also make it possible to get around [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate & When to Go, Lijiang Ancient Town , China Climate & When to Go

The weather of Lijiang Old Town is generally mild, with abundant rainfall in the monsoon period and plenty of sunshine throughout a year. It has an average temperature around 12.6 °C without great changes in the four seasons. But like all highland areas that are bordered by mountains, the weather can change several times in a single day. The rainy season is from June to October, with the heaviest and most recurrent rainfall periods occurring during July and August. Any time during the year is suitable for [...]

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Transportation

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Lijiang Old Town is located in Ancient Town District, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province on Yungui Plateau, at an altitude of 2400 meters. This ancient town is adjacent to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Old Town. It Lies between Dali and Shangri-La and it’s convenient for you to transfer to Dali or Shangri-La.  How to get to Lijiang Ancient Town From Kunming By Bus: You can take a bus to get there. Here is the bus schedule. It takes 7-9 hours, so it’s [...]

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Festivals and Activities

Lijiang Old Town was built during the late Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), making it enjoy 800 years history. There are about 4,200 original families living in the old town today. Dozens of minorities inhabit in Lijiang Old Town with Naxi Group as the major population. As a result of the combination of the multinational culture and the progress of Naxi ethnic minority, Lijiang Old Town display its charm with unique festivals and brilliant culture. Go through a list of the festivals. 1.San Duo [...]

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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   [...]

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Useful Maps

Lijiang Old Town is located in Ancient Town District, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province on Yungui Plateau, at an altitude of 2400 meters. This ancient town is adjacent to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Old Town. It Lies between Dali and Shangri-La and it’s convenient for you to transfer to Dali or Shangri-La. Go through the maps below and get a better acquaintance about Lijiang Old Town. [...]

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Lijiang Ancient Town Accommodation

The hotels in Lijiang Old Town include luxury 5-star hotels, comfortable 4-star hotels, budget hostels. They share good location with many incredible ethnic restaurants, stores, bars, cafes and attractions. The antique ethnic buildings offer you a special experience and a comfortable stay. Read through our accommodation list and pick the right one for yourself. You're sure to find just what you need. 1.Inter Continental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort(丽江和府洲际度假酒店) Located in the southern of Lijiang Old Town, the InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort is the international five-star [...]

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