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Lijiang

Lijiang is a dreamlike peaceful ancient town located in northwest of Yunnan plateau and Lijiang travel has much to offer for visitors. Along your travel to Lijiang, you would be mesmerized by the enchanting Jade Dragon Mountain, well-known Lijiang Old Town, beguiling Lugu Lake, time-weathered Shuhe Old Town, majestic Tiger Leaping Gorge, breathtaking Black Dragon Pool, ancient Baisha Village and gorgeous Basha Murals.

Besides the must-visit attractions in Lijiang, Lijiang travel also has something to offer for gourmets. The palatable Sanwen fish, savory chickpeas bean jelly, delicious Lijiang stuffed buns, mouth-watering salted pork ribs hot pot would be a great feast to your taste bud along your Lijiang travel. Stroll along the ancient street to experience the peaceful atmosphere, stand on the arched bridges to appreciate the distinctive layout of this old town, listen to the mavelous Naxi music at night to explore the profound Bongba culture. These are all what cannot be missed along your travel to Lijiang.

Lijiang travel guide offers the most essential information about Lijiang travel, such as Lijiang attractions, Lijiang tours, Lijiang food, Dongba culture, Lijiang shopping and the like. This Lijiang travel guide would be helpful for planning your travel to Lijiang. Click to get more idea about your Lijiang travel.

Things To Do

Visit the mysterious Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the sacred mountain of Naxi ethnic minority, which is famous for its snow-capped peaks and magnificent momentum and attracts numerous adventure-lovers to pay a visit. This is the top things to do in Lijiang.
Location: Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, Lijiang

Visit the Black Dragon Pool

The Black Dragon Pool is featured with gurgling brooks, surrounded peaks and mesmerizing landscape, which attracts uncountable travelers to pay a visit annually. This is also one of things to do in Lijiang travel.
Location: On the foot of Elephant Hill, north of the Lijiang Old Town

Enter into the yards of houses in Lijiang to appreciate the featured architectures in the old town

Residential dwellings in the old town are characterized by simple structure, distinctive layout and colorful decorations. In the yard, diverse plants are well dotted, which blends with the surroundings harmoniously.

Stand on the arched bridges to capture the panoramic view of old town’s layout

The old town is freely structured, where dwellings, markets, roads, waterways and stone arched bridges are all reasonably scattered.

Hiking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is the regarded as the biggest gorge with the largest drop, which makes itself an ideal place for hiking.

Location: Northeast of Pannong County, Jade Dragon Autonomous Prefecture, Lijiang, Yunnan Province.

Watch the Impression Lijiang Performance

Impression Lijiang is a cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples living in Lijiang area. The performance takes the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as its natural backdrops, which is specifically designed to showcase the sacred mountains in Lijiang.

Watch the Baisha Murals

Basha murals are different in shapes, vivid in facial expressions, fine in workmanship and well-blended in colors, where Buddha, Taoism and Lamaism are harmoniously converged in Lijiang.

Eat the Sanwen Fish

Sanwen fish is a local specialty that you should not miss, which is featured with tender flesh and savory flavor. It is totally different from that of frozen fish that commonly eaten in our daily life.

Listen to Naxi Ancient Music at night

Naxi ancient music mixes literary lyrics, poetic topics, and musical styles and creates its own unique style, which is a must-have for Naxi culture discovery.

Best Time to Visit

Due to its favorable climate in Lijiang, warm in winter and cool in summer, Lijiang has much to offer for visitors whenever you come. However, to visit more attrations in Lijiang, choosing the best to visit Lijiang proves important. Different Lijiang weather in different seasons offers different landscape. If you travel Lijiang in winter, you would be rewarded with snow-capped mountain landscape of highland, which is the best time to view the most beautiful snow-covered landscape, while for Lijiang in winter, traffic problem may occur. If travel Lijiang in April and May, you could appreciate most of attractions in Lijiang heartily, which would be a great feast to your eyes. The best time to visit Lijiang is autumn when crisp fresh air, blue sky and full blossoming flowers, verdant trees are all available. No matter when you come, Lijiang has something for you!

Considering the bad weather of Lijiang in rainy season, visitors should not travel in Lijiang during this period, because your Lijiang travel plan may be spoiled by the bad traffic.

Lijiang Attractions

Lijiang, a world-renowned tourist city in China, attracts numerous travelers home and abroad to pay a visit annually. Lijiang attractions provide the most popular Lijiang sightseeing. These must-see attractions in Lijiang range from peaceful Lijiang Old Town, breathtaking Jade Dragon Mountain, majestic Tiger Leaping Gorge, enchanting Lugu Lake, to mysterious Black Dragon Pool, featured Baisha Village and ancient Shuhe Old Town. A Lijiang travel is incomplete without visiting these Lijiang tourist attractions. Click for details about these attractions in Lijiang.

Baisha Village
Jade Dragon Mountain
Lijiang Old Town
Lugu Lake
Shuhe Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lijiang Tours

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9 Days Yunnan Classic Tour (INYN0801)

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8 Days Splendid Yunnan Tour (INYN0701)

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This tour is an excellent opportunity to find out why Yunnan Province owns the respectable reputation of the “Colorful Yunnan”. Please enjoy the most unforgettable time while taking this travel with ChinaTour, visiting Lijiang, and Kunming.
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18 Days Beauty of China with Yunan Indepth tour (INCH1702)

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Spend 18 days and 16 nights to visit three major cities in China and to have a depth visit to Yunnan. You will visit the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Also, the panda tour is included! You will also go to visit the "Spring City" Kunming and the beautiful old town, Lijiang. What […]

Lijiang Culture

Lijiang is the main settlement where Naxi ethnic minority is inhabited, which is the only Naxi autonomous county in China. Lijiang attracts numerous travel-lovers to pay a visit not only for its enchanting landscape but unique Dongba culture created by Naxi people. Dongba culture is an important part of brilliant Naxi culture. Dongba culture mainly covers Dongba character, Dongba scripture, Dongba painting, Dongba music, Dongba dance and the like. Browse for details about Dongba culture.

Culture

Lijiang is the main settlement where Naxi ethnic minority is inhabited, which is the only Naxi autonomous county in China. Lijiang attracts numerous travel-lovers to pay a visit not only for its enchanting landscape but unique Dongba culture created by Naxi people. Dongba culture is an important part of brilliant Naxi culture. Dongba culture mainly covers Dongba character, Dongba scripture, Dongba painting, Dongba music, Dongba dance and the like. Browse for details about Dongba culture.

Dongba Character

Dongba character is a kind of picture-like hy’roglyphics both indicating meaning and sound. The shape of Bongba characters is quite primitive, which is even more primitive than oracles. Dongba character is characters used by Naxi people inhabited in western Tibet and northern Yunnan. Dongba character is originated from the Dongba Scripture, the encyclopedical religious book of Naxi people.

Dongba Scripture

Dongba scripture, also referred as Dongba jiu in Naxi language, is kind of scripture written in Dongba characters. Dongba scripture is the unique holy book of Dongbaism, the primitive religion of Naxi people. The scripture is bound in Dongba paper made o f skins of a local-grown plant, and is written with self-made bamboo pens and self-mixed inks. Dongba scripture is scattered among Naxi dialect-spoken area on the upper reaches of Jinsha River, which includes Lijiang, Zhongdian area and Weixi Autonomous County.

Dondba Painting

Dondba painting is another essential part of Dongba culture. The content of Dongba painting is mainly focused on the devotional deities and ghosts of Naxi people and diversified imagined ideal world, which vividly shows the diverse social life of Naxi people in ancient times. Dongba painting is mainly applied in different kinds of ceremonies of Dongbaism.

Bongba Music

Bongba music is a kind of tone chanted by Naxi people on religious sacrifice and usually accompanied by other musical instruments, which cannot be neglect when mentioning Dongba culture. Dongba music is usually verbally sung by Naxi people or sporadically preserved in Dongba scripture and Dongba painting.

Dongba Dance

Dongba dance is a kind of dance of performed by Naxi people when the religious rite of Dongbaism is going on. Dongba dance is originated from the social life of Naxi people in ancient times and many poses in the dance is just imitated the actions of different animals, which is very vivid and life-like. Dongba dance is an important component of Dongba culture.

Lijiang Food

Lijiang food offers the must-have Lijiang cuisine for visitors. The Lijiang food below is the local-best food of Lijiang, such as Sanwen Fish, Chickpeas Bean Jelly, Lijiang Stuffed Bun and Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot. Tasting the palatable Lijiang food would be a great experience along your Lijiang travel. Besides must-serve Lijang cuisine, Lijiang food page also offers the local-popular Lijiang restaurants for reference. The must-eat Lijiang food is offers as below.

Food

Lijiang food offers the must-have Lijiang cuisine for visitors. The Lijiang food below is the local-best food of Lijiang, such as Sanwen Fish, Chickpeas Bean Jelly, Lijiang Stuffed Bun and Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot. Tasting the palatable Lijiang food would be a great experience along your Lijiang travel. Besides must-serve Lijang cuisine, Lijiang food page also offers the local-popular Lijiang restaurants for reference. The must-eat Lijiang food is offers as below.

What to Eat in Lijiang

Sanwen Fish

Lijiang boasts the largest breeding base of Sanwen fish in China. Sanwen fish is cold-water fish, so the glacial melt water of snow mountain is particularly suitable for raising Sanwen fish either in water-quality or in water-temperature. The fry of Sanwen fish in Lijiang is introduced from Nowway. The Sanwen fish is featured with tender flesh and savory flavor, which is totally different from that of frozen products that commonly eaten. Sanwen fish is highly recommended.

Chickpeas Bean Jelly

On the street of Lijiang, a famous snack named Chickpeas Bean Jelly is ubiquitous. Chickpea is a kind of soybean and it is just like the eyes of the chicken in shape, hence the name “Chickpeas” is given, which means chicken eyes in Chinese. Chickpea is main ingredient of chickpeas Bean Jelly. Soak the chickpea, grind the socked beans into soya-bean milk, boil it the milk until it turns gray-white and pour it into different-shape containers for modeling, then Chickpeas Bean Jelly is made. Seasoned with red pepper, green leek, green onions, mustard, vinegar and other seasonings, the chickpeas bean jelly is so luring in appearance and palatable in taste.

Lijiang Stuffed Bun

Lijiang Stuffed Bun is a well-known snack in Lijiang created by diligent Naxi people, which is characterized by its luring color, crisp flavor and delicious taste. Wheat flour is the main ingredient for the Lijiang stuffed bun. Mix the flour with spring-water from Jade Dragon Mountain, smear plant oil onto it on the marble slate and roll the dough into a large thin piece. After scattering minced ham or sugar, roll it into cylinder-shape. Put the two ends of the cylinder together and press it into oblate-shape. Add sesame, walnut and others seasonings, bake with soft fire on the pan until golden-yellow, then the delicate round-shaped Lijiang Stuffed Bun is prepared. It has two flavors, salted and sugary, and you can choose either of them as you like.

Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot

The main ingredient in the salted pork ribs hot pot is pork ribs salted with wine, sugar, and spice and other seasonings. After stored the salted ribs in a water-filterable wooden vat for 15 days, the pork ribs are fully permeated with salt and flavor of flesh and rib are well-blended. Later, dry them in the shady ventilating area for one or 3 months, then the savory salted pork ribs are prepared. Boiling them with other vegetables in hot pot, the Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot would be a great feast to your taste bud.

Where to Eat in Lijiang

Economical Chinese Restaurants in Lijiang Suggested

Wild Chinese yam Ham Chicken Hot Pot Restaurant

Location: besides the South Gate of Lijiang Old Town
AverageCost: 50RMB per person
Specialty: Wild Chinese yam Ham Chicken Hot Pot

Yongxia Snack Restaurant

Location: Zhongyi Market, Lijiang Old Town
Specialty: Hui niu jin, Pig’s Feet braised in soy sauce, beef braised in soy sauce

Beef Restaurant of Lijiang

Location: 69, Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street, Lijiang Old Town
Specialty: Beef, Cold Dishes

Noodles Restaurant of Sichuan Flavor

Location: Qiyi Street, Lijiang Old Town
Specialty: spicy noodles, wontons, hot and sour rice noodles

Auspicious Restaurant

Location: Baisuifang Lane, Xinyi Street
Specialty: Pot Stewed Chicken’s Feet

Yujie Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot

Location: Yujie Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot
Specialty: Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot, Water-brewed Stuffed Bun

Featured Western Restaurant in Lijiang

Mum Paid Western Restaurant

Location: 75, Mishi Lane, Xinyi Street
Average Cost: 30-60 per person
Features: Use the rare medicines picked from the Jade Dragon Mountain to prepare dishes

Water Side Restaurant

Location: 21, Baisui Lane, Lijiang Old Town
Average Cost: 21, Baisui Lane, Lijiang Old Town
Features: One of the oldest restaurants with musical performance in Lijiang and singer shows are scheduled every night.

Blue Pawpaw Restaurant

Location: in the center of Lijiang Old Town
Average Cost: 50 per person
Features: authentic Italy Restaurant

Left Bank Coffee Bar

Location: Beside Big Stone Bridge of Lijiang Old Town
Average Cost: 20-40 per person
Specialty: western food offered, freshly brewed coffee

Lesser France Restaurant

Location: 108-111, Cuiwen Section, Xinhua Street, Lijiang Old Town
Average Cost: 80 per person
Specialty: Brimming with France atmosphere and singer performance is scheduled

Jiuyuange Korean Cuisine Restaurant

Location: 3, Zhenxing Lane, Wuyi Street, Lijiang Old Town
Average Cost: 25 per person
Specialty: authentic Korean cuisine, Korean roasted meat

Lijiang Shopping

Lijiang shopping offers some must-buy Lijiang shopping items and recommended Lijiang shops. Lijiang shopping page is a great guide for shopping in Lijiang.

Shopping

Lijiang shopping offers some must-buy Lijiang shopping items and recommended Lijiang shops. Lijiang shopping page is a great guide for shopping in Lijiang.

What to Buy in Lijiang

Gadgets Made of Dongba Tie-dyed Cloth

Dongba Tie-dyed Cloth is a featured decorative gadgets created by Lijiang people, which not only draws the merits of tie-dye craft of Bai ethnic minority and wax-printing craft of Miao people, but involves the Dongba culture elements. It is of unique aesthetic value and makes itself a popular decorative gadget among fashion-seekers. It costs about 50-200RMB for one piece.

Yinjiu Wine

Yinjiu Wine is a kind of mild yellow wine produced in Lijiang and its distinctive brewing process has been created since Ming Dynasty. It was said that Elizabeth, an outstanding queen in United Kingdom, drunk the Lijiang Yinjiu Wine on National Banquette when paying a visit to China. It costs 15-80 per bottle.

Spirulina

Chenghai Sea is one of the three largest spirulina producing base in the world, where high-quality spirulina platensis are offered. Spirulina is the most nutritious organism presently known to the human beings, which could lower cholesterol, expel toxin in kidney and improve immunity. It cost 60-300 per tube.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is one of the famous specialties on Lijiang snowy plateau, whose nourishing and treating function is much higher than ginseng and velvet antler. Cordyceps are very expensive and it charges about 30000-40000RMB per kilogram.

Naxi Murals

Naxi Murals is one of the delicate handicrafts created by local people, which could be displayed on the desk as decoration and is worthy collecting. It costs about 15-30RMB.

Leather Products

Shuhe Town is reputed as hometown of leather cobblers, where leather bags with high quality fine workmanship and fashion design are easily available. Leather bags here charge far less than the brand ones, so if you are just attracted by its novel design, buying it here instead of in brand stores is highly suggested. Leather products ubiquitous in Lijiang Old Town is mainly made of cat skin or dog skin, and wolf and pard ones are seldom available. However, just for decoration purpose, these products are still workable. It often charges about 100-300RMB.

Bongba Carvings

Carvings in Lijiang mainly carved of Dujuan wood. Line carvings generally charges 50-80RMB, while the reliefs charges about 400RMB, which is totally decided by its size and craftsmanship. The same carvings displayed in shops would be charged twice as high as that displayed on street by vendors, so watching this kind of carving from vendors is highly recommended.

Where to Buy in Lijiang

Fuzihao Shops

Location: 28, Mishi Lane, Xinyi Street, Lijiang Old Town
What to buy: Chinese knot decoration handcrafts
Features: novel design, reasonable price, fine workmanship

Shi qing mao Wooden Carvings Shop

Location: On Xinhua Street (besides bar street)
What to buy: wooden carvings
Features: uncountable wooden engraved boutiques with unique design

Dongba Shop

Location: East Street (besides Naxi Ancient Music)
What to buy: Wooden Engravings
Features: Engravings with Naxi totem, wood-engraved ladle-shaped masks

Dongba Auspicious Bell Shop

Location: 1, Xinyuan Lane, Guangyi Street, Lijiang Old Town
What to buy: Auspicious Bell of Naxi people
Features: Distinctive auspicious bell named “flyable conch”

Beautiful Silver Shop

Location: 43, Guanyuan Lane, Guangyi Street
What to by: silver products
Features: Diversified and hand-made

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