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How to plan a trip to Lijiang?

Lijiang, a city of Yunnan province, is an important pathway of the ancient Southern Silk Road and the Tea-horse Ancient Road. When we mention Lijiang, the first thing that comes into our mind must be the Lijiang Ancient Town, which is one of the famous historical and cultural ancient towns in China. Lijiang is a desirable place that no one will ever miss during a Yunnan trip.


 

What else can you expect for Lijiang? What do you need to know while planning a Lijiang tour? Here are some questions you may want to ask about Lijiang. Read on and get some inspiration for your upcoming Lijiang trip.

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What should I know about Lijiang?

Lijiang is located at the connected part of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with an average altitude of more than 2,000 meters. Along with its complex geography conditions, there are almost 22 ethnic minorities in Lijiang, the most symbolic one in Lijiang is Naxi minority, for its mysterious and ancient Dongba Culture as one of the World Memory Heritage.

Lijiang is one of the most famous tourism cities in China, with Lijiang Ancient Town which is regarded as the World Cultural Heritage, and the picturesque surrounding sceneries, there are more than 104 tourism scenic spots in Lijiang, the most representative spots can be concluded in one sentence as “two mountains, one town, one lake, one river, one culture, one amorous feeling”.
 

"Two mountains"

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Laojun Mountain

"One town" Lijiang Old Town
"One lake" Lugu Lake
"One river" Jinsha River(Tiger Leaping Gorge)
"One culture" Naxi Dongba Culture
"One amorous feeling" Mosuo amorous feelings


 

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When is the best time to visit Lijiang?

Lijiang is suitable for visiting the whole year, you can experience different kind of view for the four seasons. The best time to visit is considered to be from April to October.


Annual Temperature: 12.6 ℃ - 19.9 ℃
 

Rainy Season: July to August
 

Crowded Season: Late Jan. or early Feb. (Chinese Spring Festival);

                              first week of May (Labor Day);

                              first week of October (National Day)
 

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What can I do in Lijiang

Enjoy a leisure time in Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town is also known as Dayan Ancient Town, which is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China. With the traditional Chinese architectural style and the influence by Naxi culture, Lijiang Ancient Town is full of ancient Naxi style. The ingenious design art of constructing water and mountain with the buildings in town makes Lijiang Ancient Town the perfect combination of nature beauty and artificial beauty.
 



If you have interests on exploring the local culture in different ancient towns, you can also go to Shuhe Ancient Town, Baisha Town and Shigu Ancient Town.
 


Feel the spectacle of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain will be a great spot for those who like snow mountains, which is lying among the clouds, like a silver dragon. This is also a kingdom of plants and wild animals. The best time to visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for its beautiful snow-covered scenery is from November to March.


 


Explore the mysterious Mosuo Culture in Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake is considered to be an unforgettable heaven that will always remain in your mind after visiting. Regardless of the pure blue water, dense forests and colorful flowers, this fairyland is also the mother lake of Mosuo people who live near the Lugu Lake. The rainy season starts from July to September, pay attention to the road condition since it will be slippery.


 


Start an adventure to the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is the most famous part of Jinsha River, with its distinct landscape, is also the most thrilling section. Between April and June as well as September to October, are the best two periods for hiking.


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Watch the fascinating show of Impression Lijiang

Impression Lijiang, with the specific Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as its natural background, the construction of the ancient Naxi culture, music and traditional legends, this charming outdoor show is an incomparable art work.


 


Experience the unique Naxi Ancient Music

Naxi Ancient Music is transmitted from generation to generation for decades, derived from 14th century, with many ancient musical instruments. It is the oldest music in Yunnan Province, and one of the oldest varieties of music in China.



 


What is the best food in Lijiang?

Lijiang not only provides the best sceneries for tourists, food in Lijiang may also meet your expectations. Among those famous food in Lijiang, you’d better try the Black Goat Hot Pot, since black goat is the one of the most common food for local people. Besides, the Cured Pork Chop is also popular, usually cooked within hot pot. Lijiang has all kind of dishes for fish, or maybe you could also try the Salmon in Lijiang, which is probably different from the one you’ve tried before.


 

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Where are the best places to stay in Lijiang?

In Lijiang Ancient Town
 

Sifang St.
  • central part in the ancient town
  • convenient
  • near the bar street, maybe noisy
Wuyi St.
  • near Sifang St.
  • much more quiet
  • near lots of interesting shops
Shizi Mt.
  • with a good view of the whole ancient town
  • not so convenient


 

In Shuhe Ancient Town

  • Smaller but more quiet
  • With specific Naxi style
     


 

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How many days do I need to stay in Lijiang?
 

2-3 days
  • Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Mufu Palace
  • Lashi Lake
4-6 days
  • Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Lugu Lake
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge


 

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Jade Dragon Sown Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Lijiang Old Town, Lugu Lake


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How can I travel around Lijiang?

To Lijiang

By Airplane

There are direct flights to Lijiang Sanyi International Airport from some cities in China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc.
 

By Train

Kunming-Lijiang: 8-9 hours

Dali-Lijiang: around 2 and a half hours
 

Around Lijiang

Taxi: only available outside the ancient town
 

Bicycle: not allowed to ride inside the ancient town, but you can rent one and ride to some attractions nearby.
 

Bus:
 

No.1 New Street-Lijiang Hotel-Minhang Station-Bus Terminal-Minzhu Road
No.2 Minzhu Road- Bus Terminal-Zhengdong Road
No.3 Nanhuan Road- Bus Terminal- New Street
No.5 New Street-Changshui Road-Lashi Township
No.6 New Street-North District-Baisha Street
No.7 New Street-Baisha Mural-Yufeng Temple-Ganhaizi-Yunshanping



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What do I need to prepare for Lijiang tour?

What to Wear

Spring: with a lot of sunny days, cool in the early morning and after dawn, it’s better to wear long sleeves and trousers, bring a jacket with you for morning and evening.
 

Summer: with lots of rainfalls, hot in the daytime with strong sunlight. Wear your summer clothing and better to prepare a thin jacket as the temperature may suddenly lower during the rainy season. Don’t forget your umbrella or raincoat. Get ready for the sunscreen and sunglasses to keep you from the strong ultraviolet ray.
 

Autumn: the weather changes from day to day, change your clothes according to the weather. Usually long sleeves with pants will be good, outdoor clothes may be better for mountaineering.

Winter: the weather is dry, with low temperature. Down coat will be good. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
 

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What to Take

  • Get ready for your Visa, and do remember your passport.
     
  • Prepare for your SIM card to make sure the internet use in China.
     
  • Take some medicine with you for emergency use. Especially if you are easy to get high altitude sickness.
     
  • Prepare a pair of comfortable shoes if you want climbing activities.
     
  • A hat and sunscreen may be needed for the strong sunlight.
     
  • Prepare your moisturizer because the weather is really dry in Lijiang.
     

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What to Know

  • Read some basic information about Lijiang and China so that you could understand the local culture better.
     
  • Know something about ethnic minorities in Yunnan, especially Naxi culture, it may help you have a better experience in Lijiang.
     
  • Learn some basic words and phrases in Chinese so as to communicate with local people easily.
     

Do I have to learn some Chinese for Lijiang trip?

To be honest, it’s up to you. But you can have a try if you have any interests.
 

Young people could speak English so that it’s not hard to communicate with others, since more and more people from different countries come to visit Lijiang each year. More surprisingly, even some old people could speak English. However, some old Naxi people can only speak their Naxi Language. Try if you find it interesting.
 

Chinese Pinyin English Naxi Language
你好 Nǐhǎo Hello/Hi wu a la la lei
再见 Zàijiàn Bye/See you lei duo duo
谢谢 Xièxie Thank you. jiu bei she
对不起 Duìbùqǐ Sorry wo ne mo huo she 



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