Belonging to Yunan Province, Lijiang is a famous tourist destination that contains everything you need for a trip to China: rustic old towns, snow-capped mountain ranges, romantic lakes and colorful ethnic culture. Lijiang is the home to the Naxi people who have been preserving their culture from generation to generation. You can have a chance to visit their traditional Han-styled houses and listen to their 500-year-old folk music performances.

Lijiang Ancient Town is the most sought-after attraction of this city. It used to be China’s important goods distribution.

What to do in Lijiang?

Visit the famous Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town is the main attraction of this rustic city. Lijiang Old Town is located at the elevation of 2400 meters above the sea level. It was first built during Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) and became the ancient trading center between Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet. This town is divided into three parts: Dayan Old Town, Baisha Quarter and Shuhe Ancient Town.

Relish some natural sceneries

  • Tiger Leaping Gorge: 100 kilometers from Lijiang Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on Yangtze River. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world with the vertical elevation of 3790 meters.
  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sacred mountain of Naxi people. Containing 13 peaks, this mountain is 35 kilometers long and covers an area of more than 520 kilometers square. This mountain is a popular hiking trail in winters.
  • Lugu Lake: About 200 kilometers from the center of Lijiang, Lugu Lake is an alpine lake with romantic scenery. Lugu Lake is atmospheric with green hills, clean water, and rustic stilted houses.

Enjoy a performance in Impression Lijiang

Impression Lijiang

Impression Lijiang, exactly what the name suggests, is the superb outdoor art performance with the imposing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the backdrop. The performance includes singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and horse riding, which represents the daily life of Naxi people. The show times are 9 am, 11 am and 2 pm during the peak season; 11 am and 2 pm during the low season.

Best time to travel to Lijiang

Due to its geographical position, Lijiang has cooler summers and warmer winters than the North of China. This city receives a higher amount of rainfall in summers and it may rain heavily. Thus, the best times to visit this city are spring (March – May) and autumn (late September – November), but if you desire to see the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, come to Lijiang in winter.

Lijiang Travel Tips
  • If you have altitude sickness, prepare a portable oxygen can when visiting Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Pack some warm clothes as the temperature will decrease significantly at a higher elevation.
  • There is no foreign bank in Lijiang, you can use some local banks such as Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, etc. Prepare some cash before your trip.
  • Respect local customs; ask for permission if you want to take photos of local people.