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.
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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.
Getting There - A short two hour drive from Dali or an easy train journey from surrounding areas.
Attractions - Similar to Dali Old Town but a lot more touristy. A great place to walk around and sample the different bars and restaurants. Wax work museum is a must visit… The hike up Elephant Hill is worthwhile!
Hotels - We stayed at a great hotel at the top of the hill called Maryland. Excellent views and a really friendly family run business.
Food & Restaurants - N’s Kitchen is a must visit for western food and friendly atmosphere. Cornerstone for quesadillas and other western treats. Lijiang also has the famous ‘strip’ of world wide fast food joints.
Shopping - A bit tacky in places but huge variety of souvenirs etc.
A very pretty and busy old town with plenty of nice resturant and bars. well signed and easy to find specific restaurants and hotels. The main Square is full of music and dancing in the evening which is not to be missed.
An early morning walk is recommended if you want to beat the crowds!