Clear waters, snow-filled mountains and breezy air, Lijiang has every element needed to be on your trip planners. This prefectural level city located on the Northwest of Yunnan Province in China is famous for its old town enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage sites. The lush green forests, picturesque streams and natural reserves, and other historical sites, add a lot to the tourism of Lijiang, making it one of the most beautiful travel destinations in China.
The roots of Lijiang trace back to the end of the Song and the beginning of Yuan Dynasties. During the reign of the Qing and Ming dynasties, the region was ruled by the Mu Family and local commanders. The old town became a cultural centre for the Naxisduring, the Tang Dynasty. Around the same time, the Silk and Embroidery industries flourished in this region.
Lijiang lies along the three tributaries of River Jade which flows along the streets of the old Town. Its winding cobblestone lanes embellished with the classic Chinese style facades, traditional little cafeterias and pedestrian markets reflect the beauty of the ancient town planning. The place can be explored by yourself, with a little help from the tourist information centre if you want to know the stories the town withholds.
The itineraries of Lijiang are filled with so many other enthralling places to visit, within its vicinity. The snow covered hills suitable for mountaineering, and other scenic natural landscapes in and around the city provide a perfect natural escapade for the people struck with wanderlust.
This time, add Lijiang to your vacation planner to have a memorable snow-clad holiday. Take a leisurely stroll in the streets of old town, have some hot tea in the chilly weather, or head down to the Yulong snow mountains and indulge yourself in some adventurous activities to do like skiing and trekking.
Lijiang Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Lijiang tips for your visit
- Pack as light as possible because it is difficult to carry heavy luggage up and down the cobbled streets.
- Choose backpacks over trolleys.