It is said there is a fairyland beneath
the colorful clouds of southern China. A place blessed
with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains,
and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly
group of people. Life in this fairyland is so peaceful,
a fairyland called Lijiang, located at the hub of Tibet,
Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.
While the geographical position of
Lijiang City is remote, it has the advantage of ensuring
a pleasant year round climate and a wide variety of
tourist resources in the 20,600 square kilometers area.
The earliest recorded history of Lijiang can be traced
back to the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC) but
with the advent of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the local
economy reached a peak with the development of the Ancient
Tea-Horse Road which made a great contribution to both
commercial and cultural communication between Tibet,
Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.
At present, Lijiang City is an attractive
tourist destination in Yunnan Province that exercises
jurisdiction over four counties and an Old Town District.
Lijiang is the main region inhabited by Naxi Group,
one of China's 55 minority ethnic groups. In its long
history, the local residents have established their
splendid Dongba Culture which has absorbed aspects of
the culture of Tibet and the Central Plains along the
middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. The various
souvenirs marked with these Dongba hieroglyphs are very
popular with visitors from home and abroad.
Lijiang has the best preserved ancient
town in China - the Old Town which has been listed in
the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 1997. The
Old Town was once the center of Lijiang and continues
to maintain the original flavor of the local lifestyle,
the typical groups of buildings and the profound cultural
heritage of the region. When wandering along Square
Street or any other streets in the Old Town, you will
be struck by the peaceful surroundings. From enjoying
the sight of the setting sun from historic hotels to
local farmsteads, there are many favorable things here
for travelers. Naturally, there are a number of tour
destinations to enhance your visit as well. Among them,
the most famous is Mufu (Mu's Palace) which should not
be missed during your trip.
Around Lijiang, there are a number
of splendid natural beauty spots that will certainly
astonish you. If you like to see superlative natural
scenery, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which provides a
majestic backdrop to the Moon-Embracing Pavilion at
Black Dragon Pond will fulfill your desire. For those
seeking an exotic experience in Lijiang, a visit to
the Mosuo People beside Lugu Lake is a must. They are
called the last 'Kingdom of Women'on earth. If you would
like to experience the local lifestyle, then come and
participate in one or more of their various festivals
that are held throughout the year.
Lijiang does not have a direct rail
link and is reached by travelers by air or by coach.
However, having got to Lijiang, visiting round and about
is easy with the help of the city buses, taxis or for
the more energetic by bicycle. However, please don't
forget to save some time to walk in Lijiang. Along your
way, you must visit some of the souvenir shops and taste
some local dishes and snacks. At night, the famous bar
street in the Old Town is really worth a visit. No matter
where you go, you will find a harmonious combination
of tradition and fashion in Lijiang City.
China Great Travel offer wonderful
tour packages to the most
interesting highlights in the city: Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dayan Ancient Town, Lugu
Lake, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Dongba Culture
Museum, please contact us.
Lijiang Ancient Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
First Bend Of Yangtze
Lashihai Lake (Lashi
Black Dragon Pool
Naxi Classical Music
Naxi ethnic minority
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf