Lijiang is very famous of Dragon jade mountain and lovely place. old town of lijiang is also amazing.
i love it so much
I keep coming back to Lijiang because it's just so amazingly beautiful. I feel totally relaxed when I'm here.
The cobble stone streets of the Old City, the live music that comes from the bars and coffee shops and the authentic cuisine of the Naxi ethnic minority are just some of the highlights. There's so much history here, but also so many new and exciting things happening. It's just an amazing place that you must see for yourself.
The people of Lijiang are generally very polite and hospitable, friendly and approachable. Food in the ancient city is expensive though.
Lijiang old town is too commercialised compare to my first visit 10 years ago. I prefer the other old town named Shu He which is 15 minutes drive from Lijiang City.
Lijiang, however, served as a good base to explore to lots of nature (day trips). Don't take the half day trip to Chama Gudao (horse riding) and/or Lashi Lake, it is overrated and too expensive for less than an hour's boat ride in a lake.
Things are pretty cheap outside the Old Town. You will need to hire car to transport between attractions spot as they are all quite far away from the city.
Super impressive. Good for relaxation or to explore around a new ancient city. Pretty indeed. Novel like.
You can choose to backpack alone or with some friends which can stay more than 1 week there as the place is very relaxing and the environment is very nice.
nice romantic city. very relaxing. Lijiang became more commercial over the years unlike its traditional feel of secluded city.
It is rather different from the other parts of China. However as more and more people get to know about this place, it gets more commercialised.
This is the best impression of Chinese traditional old town with a snow mountain as its background. Very clean, unique and more relax.
You will feel like in the old Chinese Kung fu movies but without the mean kings and queens. Hehe. There are so many food to eat and things to shop in the old town. We can just walk around from morning to night. Try to avoid crowd by not visiting during china public holiday.
Very beautiful old towns. Although both Shuhe and Lijiang is beautiful and well preserved and yet feels authentic, I preferred Shuhe as it's less developed and less crowded.
Lots of scenic attractions within driving distance. If you like nightlife, stay in Lijiang old town and if you prefer some peace and quiet, stay at Shuhe old town, but as the towns are only 15 mins by cab from each other, you can stay anywhere.
Well, I only stayed 2 nights in LiJiang and I feel that's nothing much in Lijiang other than DaYan Ancient City.
I like the night scene from top of the hill and listen to some old songs. However, I found a lot of backpackers who transfer from here to Shangrila. This is a good choice. We get a better deal here.
This is our first visit to Lijiang and I love the authentic styles of all the buildings, inns and the landscape of the surrounding.
The old town can be very crowded but the atmosphere is vibrant and colorful. Take time to wander alleys and check the incredible handcrafts, silverware and Naxi influenced clothing.
Artisans and musicians will love Lijiang!
Most of the natural attractions in LiJiang are at the outskirt. So, if you really want to tour around this place, you need to spend at least 1 week (if you are planning to go to Shangri-la).
In the city is basically about the old-town of LiJiang, but it's now very commercialize with shops, restaurants, and pubs. Things are quite expensive here if compared to KunMing. If you plan to stay in the oldtown, which is a nice choice for the historical feels, but if you are bringing big luggages, then I would suggest you stay near the edge of the oldtown (because car not allowed to go in), otherwise you have to drag your luggage on the road made by stone, it's quite tough to drag your bags & luggages on the rough surface and in certain places you even need to go through stairs as well. This is not shown on the map! But of course, if you travel light, only with bagpack, then it's fine.
Nice places to visit in the ancient city: Mufu Nice places to visit around the ancient city: -Chamagudao (Ancient trail of the tea horses), this is where horse rides can be taken.
So if you are already going for this horse ride, you can skip the horse ride in the ancient city. -Yulong Snow mountain and Performance on Impression of Lijiang -Tiger Leaping Gorge -Shangrila (3 hours car ride from Lijiang, best time to visit is probably summer when the flowers bloom) -Lake Lugu (5 hours car ride to the lake, long journey but this place is beautiful!!) Do take note that -the people here don't really speak English. -for foreigners, best to bring enough cash as not many places accept credit cards.
Lijiang old city is fantastic. Beautiful shops and houses with courtyards. Lovely clean streams. Plenty of to shop and fair price.
Friendly people. A clean city. Can be crowded even during off peak season. Amazing beautiful and clean public toilets. Foods a bit off though - perhaps more to local tastebud. Still lovely place to visit.
It is a great relaxing Old Heritage Listed Town. They do need more English Signs and Tours, also be great if Public Toilets were half "Seat Toilets" as the Squat Toilets are a bit hit and miss for foreigners.
Hotels are setup for foreigners :)
Lijiang is a busy tourist destination with shoppers everywhere. Town is good and is a good stop over point when travelling north or south in yunnan.
A very noisy place. It is no fun for walk around as same types of shops are found everywhere. No nature scenery places one would like to stay for an hour or so.
It's a great place to be in for relaxation. The air and water quality here are excellent. It's a small city and very easy to get about on foot or public transport.
Lijiang is a city full with historical building. However, it might not suitable for buddhism as their main food is cow meat.
commercial place, all they want is the tourist's money, none of the taxis follow the meters coz we are tourist.
sunblock is a must for traveling in LIjiang. lijiang city is a nice place to visit. no vehicle is allowed to ride in de town city 木府 is one of de attraction inside de city 玉龙雪山，is outside de city, so mz take taxi or mini van to reach thr can ride horse at there the air at thr is very fresh n won feel hot all the time.
food at thr is not suitable for all people... i settle my meal at MCD, KFC n pizza hut all the time at thr
Interesting old town to spend a couple of days. Can get very crowded in some of the streets. Easy to get lost in the old town as the tourist maps are not very accurate.
Take time to explore some of the quieter, out of the way streets and lanes. There are about 3 -4 old towns in the area of Lijiang. Visit some of the others. Three days would be enough to see place. Went to see the Nashi. orchestra in the evening. ..worth the visit for those interested in culture.
Most tours cover the village of Dayan in Lijiang. Many people thought Dayan IS Lijiang, period. That is not true.
Lijiang is made up of three ancient villages, namely Dayan, Shuhe and Baisha. However, most of tourists and visitors frequent and cover Dayan more extensively in most tour itineraries. Effort should also be made to cover the other two villages as the architecture and surroundings and their respective inhabitants may be slightly different in character and mannerisms. All of them possess their own unique beauty, specific characteristics and romantic quaintness. However, nowadays, with the throngs of tourist pushing through these villages, most of the abode have been converted into shops during the day time. The closest village to the airport is Dayan. Shuhe and Baisha are about 20 mins from Dayan to the north. If one is going to Yulong Snow Mountain, it is best to stay in Shuhe as this is nearer to the mountain resort. Cycling is common but be careful as the cobblestone paths and lanes are slippery when wet. Mountainous areas such as these have weather that is utterly unpredictable...intermittent showers on and off. Those with weaker gut capacities, do take note when consuming mushrooms. Horses, for horse and buggy rides, do defecate as they go along the paths; be careful of where you are stepping on. People here smokes the locally available cigarettes frequently; they are quite pungent in odour. Local Naxi dishes are salty and oily but very tasty and affordable. There are just too many nook and cranny within the three ancient villages for a visitor to explore; be sure to indulge and take a lot of photos. Shop keepers are polite and pleasant, making shopping a wonderful experience. Do haggle a bit to get better prices but do it in a nice gentle pleasant manner; your courtesy will be reciprocated.
So touristy that it became artificial. Nothing to see or to enjoy, unless you like shopping the souvenirs you can find in other places of China.
Take a car or a bus and loose yourself in the Naxi minority villages.
Luguhu lake is one of the most popular places to visit. You can go there either by tour bus or minibus(cheaper).
There are many types for tour bus. Some include all, such as transport, sightseeing with a guide and hotel. Some only come with round trip tickets for bus. So it's up to you. But we recommend minibuses if you can speak a little Chinese, since the tour guide is usually provided only in Chinese. So it's boring.
I went to Lijiang Old Town, Shuhe Old Town, Baisha Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mounta and Lugu Lake in a nine day trip in June Lugu Lake was the best and the snow mountain was a let down.
There was no snow. Lijiang has become very commercialized. I couldn't see the old ladies dancing in the Square anymore. As with many other places in China, one should visit the place before it is too late.
Lijiang Old Town is too commercialized now, when compared with my last visit in March 2010. The water almost disappeared in the town and I couldn't see the old ladies dancing in the square.
Shuhe was a bit of a let down especially with the emergent of the bar street. So noisy at night!