Sangushui Scenic Area, Lijiang

About Sangushui Scenic Area

Lijiang Sangushui(三股水) Scenic Area is located on the northeast side the mountainside, Hongwen village, Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, Lijiang City. Lijiang Sangushui(三股水) Scenic Area, Maojindi(冒金地) scenic spot enjoys natural landscapes such as landscape, canyons, pastoral scenery and the tea horse street, Naxi village, Naxi culture, and cultural landscapes in the integration. It is the fork road for tea and horse and other goods transported to Tibet and to Lijiang in the ancient times. Sangushui(三股水) Maojindi(冒金地) scenic spot is the important hub in the ancient tea horse road with natural and simple customs, mountains and rivers, and beautiful environment.

For thousands of years, dozens of simple Naxi people living here. The caravans of Tibetan, Naxi, Bai, Han and other ethnic groups continuously travel across here and hence to get accommodation and supplementary for both people and horses. They get on well with each other, help each other, regard the virtues as life, and see virtues as the soul of business. The ancient tea horse road here has been operated for thousands of years, so people call it “the golden land”(Maojindi冒金地), and hence the village was called “Deshengzhuang”.

The Elements of Sangushui Scenic Spot:

◆ thetop manor in Naxi, Lijiang
◆the top spring in the south of clouds
◆China’s first osier bed
◆the top Geomantic Treasure Land in the south of clouds
◆The most beautiful ancient village
◆the birthplace of Shangri-la
◆the 1944 accident ground of the flying tiger

Main Attractions

Sangushui(三股水) Maojindi(冒金地) scenic spots are built on the slope, which combines the local color, the original ecological flavor, and the multi-ethnic culture. As for the attractions in Maojindi, tourists can see: products showcase of the Tea Horse Road – Virtues Springs – Wanfu Wanshou tablet -the Tibetan mastiff Yard-Lijiang Dongba School – the sightseeing station of Yangtze River Bay- the cultural corridor of Ancient Tea Horse Road-garden terrace – local downtown – stone pavilion.

The ancient tea horse cultural corridor, the tea and horse trade, and the tea horse road show the environment, life and learning style of the horse caravan. At the same time, visitors can appreciate this magical ancient culture.

Travelers here can push the stone mill, step on the wooden pier, touch the fermented wine trough, walk around the pot and stove, imagining and experiencing how people used to grind, tamper with rice, make wine, make tofu and so on. On the grain shelf is the special local product “ah hi pepper”, which is the best product for friends and relatives in faraway places.

The highest point of Sangushui is the “viewing platform”. Here visitors can see the blue sky, the majestic Haba Snow Mountains and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
In Sangushui scenic spot, tourists can ride rubber boat to experience Jinsha river drift, challenge the high-altitude glass walkway, and walk along the legendary horse caravan road. What’s more, taveling here, people can enjoy Naxi special buffet barbecue, and dance with Naxi nationality.
Walk to “De shengzhuang”, you can see the idyllic scenery which is beautiful more than a dreamland. The falls in the forest, gushes all along the mountain. Except the blue sky and white clouds, there are also breathtaking layered terraces.

How to get to the Sangushui Scenic Area from Lijiang

Sanshui Water is located in Longtan Township, Yulong County, Lijiang City. Take the Lijiang-Shangri-La shuttle bus at Lijiang Bus Terminal (40 minutes a day). After 20 minutes, the bus will take you to the Yangtze River First Bay and walk 10 minutes to Lijiang Sangushui Scenic area. 

Attractions Near Sangushui Scenic Area

Baisha Ancient Town

The Baisha Ancient Village is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang City. It got its name “Baisha” meaning “white sand” from the natural white sand in the area. It was the cradle-land of the Tusi Dynasty evolved from the Mu Clan. It was also the earliest settlement of the Naxi people. There are many ancient constructions built in the Ming Dynasty: the Dabaoji Palace, the Liuli Temple and the Wenchang Palace. The well-known Baisha Frescoes are situated in the Dabaoji Palace.

Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club is one of the icons of China golf. This Kunming golf course is set in the bottom of a valley that faces the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that is 5596 meters (18,360 ft.) high. You can enjoy mountain views from almost every place on this Kunming golf course. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club is situated at 3100 meters (10,800 ft.) above see level, the second highest in the world and the highest in Asia. 

Jade Water Village or Yushuizhai in Lijiang

Yushuizhai is under the foot of the Yulong Snow Mountain, facing the ancient city of Lijiang, which is o­nly 15 kilometers from the city. The sacred water out of the Yushui Village brings up a generation after generation, giving them courage, wisdom and happiness.

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool (also Heilongtan), or Jade Spring(Yuquan) Park is the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town. People believe that the gods of the Naxi people are living in the chestnut woods, beside the mouth of springs, behind the carved doors and below the bridges. The springs come from the god-protected mountains and gather in this place and finally form the dragon pool. Then water goes down a waterfall and becomes the Yuhe River, pouring life to the Old Town.

Dongba Valley

A trekking route leads to the amazing Dongba Valley. It is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 15 kilometers away from Lijiang Old Town. The Dongba Valley is home and livelihood of Naxi people. Traditional houses of Naxi and other peoples are open to visit.

Admission Fee:¥230

Opening Hours:6:00-18:00 (May 1st to Oct. 31st); 6:30-18:00 (Nov. 1st to Apr. 30)

Attraction Transportation:Because there is no public bus, tourists need to charter a taxi / car/ mini-van or carpool together from the downtown area. The distance is around 10 miles (15 kilometers). It takes around 40 minutes. The round-trip charter rate is around CNY 200.

Recommended Accommodation

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 conference and resort which combines modern luxury, traditional Naxi architectural, and the local representative landscape. Hotel has 274 spacious rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and bars, Spa and Fitness center. It is a 10-minute walk from Sifangjie (Market Square), a 30-minute drive from Lijiang Airport.

2.Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town(丽江古城英迪格酒店)

Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town is located in Lijiang Ancient Town. It features a wellness center, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The luxurious rooms offer free wired internet. At Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town you will find a la carte restaurant and buffet restaurant. Breakfast can be served in the comforts of guests’ rooms. 

3.Lijiang Wangfu Hotel(丽江王府饭店)

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel is located in the South Gate Square in Old Town. Featuring colorful traditional Chinese architecture and décor, it offers rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet. Guest can enjoy Naxi bonfire party every Friday. The hotel provides car rental and concierge services. A tour desk can help with travel and sightseeing arrangements.

4.Manty House(漫庭美宿酒店)

Situated in Lijiang, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Mu Family Mansion, Dayan and Wang Gu Lou. It features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and coffee/tea in a common area. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk and tour/ticket assistance.

5.Lijiang International Hotel(丽江国际大酒店)

Lijiang International Hotel is located in Lijiang, 400 m from Wangu Pavilion and 600 m from Square Street Dayan Ancient Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a coffee machine in the room. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers.

Attraction Travel Tips

Traveling Hours: Vary with each individual
Traveling Seasons: All seasons
Sightseeing fee: 120 yuan, including items: large ticket for scenic spots, scenic battery car, inside the scenic spot Note: does not include horse riding, cable bridge fees.