Lijiang (China)

Lijiang Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Tom Thai

A touristy ancient town

Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage site in China's YunnanExtremely touristy, so try to see the quaint beauty through the crowds
Historically was a trade town, famous for its canals and bridges

Lijiang (丽江) is a prefecture level city in China's Yunnan province, home to 1.2 million people. But here we don't really want to talk about the modern city, but rather the UNESCO World Heritage Site housed in it: the Old Town of Lijiang.

Lijiang Old Town is an old trading town with a history going 800 years back. It is a domestic tourism favorite (sigh...) for its authentic antique townscape of canals and hundreds of bridges, as well as its ingenuous waterworks system and the native Nakhi minority.

It can't be denied that the town is quaint and quite stunning visually, but the tour groups and commercial vibes of the place can ruin it for some. And don't get us started on the loudspeakers... But if you head into the alleyways and just start to wander around along the cobblestone streets you may suddenly find yourself away from the crowd amongst a group of old ladies washing their vegetables in the streams. It is then that you will start to really see the beauty of this place. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Lijiang is a city in China's region of Yunnan. It has a population of 1,244,769, is situated at an altitude of 7822ft and the best airport to fly into is LJG (Lijiang, Lijiang City)
  • The currency used in China is the Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) (CNY)

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