Plan your Lijiang Yunan Tour? Situated in the northwest plateau in Yunnan, Lijiang (the Beautiful River) got its name from its position at the middle reaches of the beautiful Jinsha River. Scattered on an area of 7,648 square kilometers, the population of 320,000 is made up of the Naxi, Bai, Lisu, Pumi, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Hui, Han and other ethnic groups. The annual mean temperature ranges from12.6 ℃ to 9.9℃.
Lijiang Ancient Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Dongba Culture Museum
Shuhe Ancient Town
The Black Dragon Pool
Lijiang Ancient Town, originally a village, is located on the outskirts of Lijiang city. Occupying an area of three point eight square km, Lijiang ancient town has a history of more than 800 years.
The Lijiang Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make the town the most special one
Old Town need friends – it needs its tourist friends too. It is really a beautiful old village that is worthy of protection.
Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: You can take a taxi to the Lijiang Old Town
It is said that tiger leaping gorge is the deepest gorge in the world which is about 100km northwest of Lijiang Ancient Town.
The 17km-long gorge is divided into three segments with an aggregate fall of 210 meters. At the opening of the gorge, which is also the mouth of the Jinsha River, a Herculean pebble, about 30 meters wide, seems to be stranded amidst the billowing waves.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge area is the birthplace of the ancient culture of Lijing. There are many caves that were naturally formed houses for the ancient primitives. Rock paintings and carvings found in the caves depict the lives of ancient tribes. It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions at Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Ticket Price: 50Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: There are no buses can reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge directly, you can take the Tourist Bus to the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, which is 15km away from Lijiang Ancient Town. the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
All of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain’s 13 peaks attain an altitude of more than 5000 meters. The mountain’s highest peak – and the second-highest peak in Yunnan Province – Shanzidou Ding (“Fan Peak”), reaches an altitude of 5596 meters, and is snow-clad year round. In spite of several attempts, Fan Peak remains unscaled.
Ticket Price: 120Yuan
Opening Time: 09:30-16:00
How to get there: you can rent a car for one or two days; or take Buses No. 7 to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Lugu Lake lies 200 kilometers (approximately 124 miles) from the center of Lijiang City, the home to the Mosuo people.
Covering an area of 50 square kilometers, Lijiang Lugu Lake is surrounded by thick forests, which make the air clean and fresh. There are 9 islands, 17 beaches and 14 bays. Tourists can get to the islands by canoe rowed by Mosuo girls. The charm of Mosuo girls, the elegance of canoe, and melody of fish songs all compel the admiration of tourists both from China and abroad and therefore are regarded as the three treasures of Lugu Lake.
Ticket Price: 80Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take shuttle bus at Old Town to the Lugu Lake which will take you aroud CNY 100
Considered as the sanctuary of the culture of Naxi ancient culture, Lijiang Dongba Museum holds a remarkable collection of Naxi relics and cultural display.
Dongba” is from Naxi language, which means “the wise” and refers to wizard and sorcerer. More than 1,000 scrolls of Dongba scriptures have been collected in the museum, covering the branches of Astronomy, Geography, Literature, Art, History, Religions and so on.
Tourists have an opportunity to explore the rich Naxi minority culture, and learn about the “Wood and stone Prints” of pictographic characters.
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: walk along Xin Street of Lijiang, you will find Dongba Cultural Museum a few minutes later
Black Dragon Pool, also know as Yuquan Garden, is heading north along the Lijiang Ancient Town.
The Black Dragon Pool is enormous, with an area of 40 hectares, and it provides a haven for bird and water-life, with spectacular plants. Surrounding the pool, within the park’s landscape, are ancient monuments such as the Longshen Temple, the Deyue Pavilion, the Suocui Bridge and the Hanyue Stage.
Ticket Price: 30Yuan
Opening Time: 07:30-18:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 9 to the Black Dragon Pool from downtown area
Shuhe, or ‘Shaowu’ in Naxi language, means the village at the foot of the high mountain. Shuhe Ancient Town is located 4km to the northwest of the Lijiang Ancient Town. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers with a population around 3,000. In 1997, Shuhe was ranked as an important part of Lijiang Ancient Town which was already the World Cultural Heritage named by UNESCO.
Ticket Price: 70Yuan
Opening Time: 07:00-19:00
How to get there: You can take a taxi or ride a bicycle to Shuhe Ancient Town from the downtown area of Lijiang.
Baisha Murals were kept and displayed in some ancient buildings around Baisha village that is located about 10 kilometers to the north of Lijiang Ancient Town adjoining Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to its north.
Baisha Murals is the combination of Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han artistic designs. Most of the murals vividly describe the religious stories of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Figures of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism might appear in one mural and 100 portraits at least would be in each of the murals. The portraits in these paintings include not only the religious figures but also ordinary people like farmers, tourists and criminals. The murals are one of the good evidences showing the superb artistry, outstanding creativity and rich imaginations of the craftsmen.
Ticket Price: CNY 30
Opening Time: 07:00-19:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 6 from the County of Lijiang to Baisha Lukou Station
Dry Sea, a vast meadow with an altitude of 3,100 meters, is located at the east foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and is 25 kilometers away from Lijiang Ancient Town.
Surrounded on all three sides by the superb mountains, Dry Sea is the closest and also the best place to get a panorama of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Dry Sea now is a famous travel resort, many minority villages are built here and the establishments are self-contained. Tourists can take part in many kinds of activities by daylight like skiing, grass-sliding, gliding, and racehorse, etc.
Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: 08:00-20:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 7 from Hong Tai Yang Square to get there