One of the most popular places in Yunnan is the Lijiang Old Town. This town is immense, surrounded by mountains, clustered by ethnic shops, music exhibitions, ancient art, temples, discotheques, and almost anything you can imagine. Every shop and landmark is special in its own way, so different from the next one. This town is chaotically beautiful.
If you are going to visit, be sure you have enough charge in your phone, your bags are not so heavy and you have good hiking shoes. For once, unless you are a local, this tiny streets and similar architecture of shops and roads will get you lost. Not joking, this town is a nice labyrinth to get lost, as you have so much to enjoy here. This includes many musical or dance performances out of nowhere you can find in any corner.
Keep in mind there are no bikes, cars or bicycles allowed inside. Also, Lijiang is famous for its silver and different minorities ethnic fabric you will find in shops. There are few temples and scenic spots that will take your breath away. Pun intended. Be aware you will indeed lose your breath going up and down, and altitude can make some people sick, yet you can find many stores selling oxygen.
📍Intersection, Shuilu Road, Hechang, Minzhu Road, Dayan Residential District, Gucheng
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N’s Kitchen is a hidden but great spot in Lijiang Old Town. This small restaurant is located in a second floor, with a tree view and a rustic ambience. Imagine to enjoy the local beer/wine in a chilling place, Beatles playing, to recharge all that energy you lost after a tiring trekking/hiking trip in any of the near parks.
Must say, this was a full mood change after a quite hectic day. Pizza was perfect and all dishes have the size of its taste. Funny to find a sandwich accompanied with fruit instead of fries. Although, worked out. Also Yunnan fruity wine is available for you to try.
Son Gha is dark brew from Shangri La, which owners we got to hear are making a huge effort in supporting an orphanage in the area. There is no many places you can find it, so cheers for N’s Kitchen!
I should warn you, not a good place for drinking too much. Entrance stairs are so small you need your full capacity not to fall down on your way out.
📍 Lijiang Ancient Town Jishan Alley, Xinyi Street No.17 Floor 2, Gucheng
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Ever dreamt of getting into an old market, which only leads to some ancient architecture and buildings; but suddenly getting popped up with a whole lot of amazing things🤩. Then the Sakura restaurant 🌸 near to the ancient Lijiang town is the place for you. Walking some 1 km inside the ancient town, you can quite easily find them. And compared to the number of people come here to eat, the quantity of them for taking pictures is more 😝 Ofcourse, the food was delicious and had more authentic taste. I would highly recommend to go here. #lijiangtravel #ancienttowns
The ancient old town in Lijiang, was supremely a trade market some 100 years before. The horsemen, traders and locals from all nearby towns, cities gather here. It's importance has only increased over the time, that people from Sichuan and Tibet also participated in the trade in here. Over the time, as technology has took over the market and trade the old practice also disappeared. But these days, it has become more colorful and lively that people cherish its history. #lijiangtravel
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.
Historical SiteHistoric Sites
Lijiang Gucheng Jiuba Street
Viewing Platform of Lion Mountain in Lijiang Ancient Town
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History and Culture Exhibition Hall of Lijiang Ancient Town
Ancient City Waterwheel
"Square""City | landmark"
"Local Favorites""Spectacular Views"
A Ma Yi Na Xi Yin Shi Yuan ( Xiao Shi Qiao )
"TV/Movie Filming Locations""Local Favorites"
Huayu Shuian boutique Inn
Xitian Yueshang Inn (Alice in Wonderland)
Jinmao Hotel Lijiang, in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt