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What to see in Lijiang

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
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I'm on the top of the Glacier Park at Yulong Snow Mountain at the sea level of 4506 meters in Lijiang Yunnan.

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℃.

 
Features & Attractions
Lijiang Ancient Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Lugu Lake
Dongba Culture Museum
Shuhe Ancient Town
Baisha Murals
The Black Dragon Pool
Dry Sea
 
Lijiang Ancient Town
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
 
Tiger Leaping Gorge
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
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
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
 
Dongba Cultural Museum
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.
Ticket Price:20Yuan
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
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 Ancient Town
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
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
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
 

Top 10 Lijiang Attractions, Top 10 Things to Do in Lijiang

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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Plan your Lijiang Tour Lijiang is located in the northwestern portion of Yunnan and borders Sichuan. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge.

Lijiang is considered as a place blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains, and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. The picturesque Lijiang is abundant in tourist resources through its graceful landscapes, unique ethnic group flavors as well as ancient national cultures.

No. 01: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge, located 60 kilometers north of Lijiang City, is one of the deepest gorges on the planet, and it has the best hiking trail in the Lijiang
 area.

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. Spring is the best time as the river turbulence is at its peak.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 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.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge


No. 02: Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Lijiang City, Yunnan, China.

The town, which is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges, has a history going back more than 800 years. It occupies an area of 3.8 square kilometers. The 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.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: You can take a taxi to the Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town


No. 03: Jade Spring Park
Jade Spring Park, also called Black Dragon Pool Park, is located on the northern edge of town, exactly at the foot of Elephant Hill.

The spring water is as clear as jade. The water in the pond is warm in cold winter,but cool in hot summer. Above the surface of the pond there is always white vapor flowing in winter, which makes you feel like you are in a fairyland. It provides a haven for bird and water-life, with spectacular plants around. Surrounding the pool, within the park’s landscape, there are ancient monuments worthy visiting,

Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: 15 minutes’ walk from the Old Town of Lijiang or take a tax

Jade Spring Park

Jade Spring Park


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No. 04: Dry Sea
Dry Sea, which is 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 Old Town.

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.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 7 from Hong Tai Yang Square to get there

Dry Sea

Dry Sea


No. 05: Lugu Lake
Lugu Lake, which is located in the North West Yunnan plateau, is home to the Mosu minority(China’s only matriachal society), and what has to be some of China’s most spectacular scenery.

Lugu Lake is a natural lake in the Hengduan Mountain System, and has a horseshoe shape. It is called the “mother lake” by the Mosuo people. Lugu Lake is 48.5 square kilometers in area and about 93 meters deep at its deepest point. Most people go to Lugu Lake from Lijiang. There is a six or eight hour bus ride up and down mountains on narrow dirt roads.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: 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

Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake


No. 06: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the southern section of the Hengduan Mountains, is located 15 kilometers north of Lijiang, is a national-level scenic area.

Its highest peak is named Shanzidou. The view of the massif from the gardens at the Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang is noted as one of China’s finest views. The far side of the mountain forms one side of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants.

Entrance Fee: CNY 120
Opening Hours: 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


No. 07: Black Dragon Pool
The Black Dragon Pool is a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park located at the foot of Elephant Hill, a short walk north of the Old Town of
Lijiang.

was built in 1737 during the Qing Dynasty and offers a spectacular view on the region’s tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, over its white marble bridge. The park features several smaller temples and pavilions: the Moon-Embracing Pavilion, the Dragon God Temple and the threefold overlap Five-Phoenix Tower.

Entrance Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 07:30-18:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 9 to the Black Dragon Pool from downtown area

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool


No. 08: Baisha Murals
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.

Being an old and beautiful small town, Baisha Murals is the earliest habitation and political centre for the Naxi Nationality. 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.

Entrance Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 6 from the County of Lijiang to Baisha Lukou Station

Baisha Murals

Baisha Murals


No. 09: Shuhe Ancient Town
Located four kilometers to the northwest of the old town of
Lijiang, Shuhe ancient town was one of the earliest gathering places of Lijiang valley plain region for the Naxi ancestors.

It was an important town on the Tea-horse Ancient Road that has been well preserved. In 1997, Shuhe was enlisted by the UNESCO as one of the important components of the “World Cultural Heritage” – Lijiang Ancient Town. In 2005, it was honored as the “well-known township with the best residential environment” in the appraisal event of “Well-known Township of China”.

Entrance Fee: CNY 70
Opening Hours: 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.

Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Ancient Town


No. 10: Dongba Cultural Museum
Dongba Culture Museum, which is situated on the north side of Black Dragon Pool of
Lijiang, is a museum which deals with the of the Dongba culture of the Naxi people.

The Naxi is a minority with a long history and a brilliant culture. The Dongba culture is a most inclusive term referring mainly to the language and scriptures. The museum has more than 10000 Dongba cultural relics and various other historical relics and offers the “Dongba Culture Exhibition”, thereby attracting more than 100000 visitors each year.

For its outstanding work over the past years, county museums in China, awarded the honor of “Advanced Cultural Unit in China”.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: walk along Xin Street of Lijiang, you will find Dongba Cultural Museum a few minutes later

Dongba Cultural Museum

Dongba Cultural Museum

 

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Lijiang Taxi: Lijiang Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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Lijiang Taxi Quantity
Although not a large city neither in size nor in population, as a popular tourist city, Lijiang has about one thousand taxis. So, it is convenient and safe to take a taxi in your Lijiang tour.
 
Taxi Models in Lijiang
Generally, the taxis in Lijiang consists of Jetta, Santana, and Xiali.
 
Lijiang Taxi Fares
Santana
• RMB7 for the first 3km
• RMB1.8 per km for each additional kilometer
 
Lijiang Mini Taxi
• RMB6 for the first 3km.
•RMB1.6 for each additional kilometer
 
Lijiang Taxi Company Bookings
If you need to book a taxi, please make the call as following:
• Lijiang Tianshun Taxi Company      Tel: 0888-5120223
 
Hailing a Lijiang City Taxi
•The taxies in Lijiang are mainly parked at Jade Dragon Bridge region, the interface of old town and new town district, which is also the main passage for travelers to Lijiang Old Town and Square Street. In addition, there are also taxies neighboring Lijiang Dongba Culture International Exchange Center.
 
Lijiang Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Lijiang
Your car driver knows the streets in Lijiang and the way to major destinations in Lijiang;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tipping
 
Lijiang Taxi Stands
There is no taxi stand in Lijiang and most of the taxi parked in Jade Bridge Region, the interface of old town and new town district
 
Lijiang Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Zhengzhou, please contact the following:
• Lijiang Taxi Complaining No..         Tel: 0888-5182908
 
Lijiang Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•Refusing a forced pooling taxi
•Lijiangl Airport-Lijiang Old Town : RMB80
•Lijiang Airport-Lijiang Railway Station: RMB100
•Lijiang Railway Station-Lijiang Old Town RMB15
 
Lijiang Travel Service
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