Old Town of Lijiang - China, Lijiang

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Step back 800 years into history at Old Town of Lijiang - China, a historic village and designated World Heritage Site built at the end of the Song dynasty. The town retains a hybrid of traditions of the Han and Nakhi people, two Chinese ethnic minorities who settled there centuries ago. Many of the houses are constructed of mud and timber along canals and streams that wind through the town. Wander the narrow lanes to browse many shops geared towards visiting tourists and witness street performances of traditional music and circle dances. Make Old Town of Lijiang - China part of your personalized Lijiang itinerary using our Lijiang family vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Lijiang old town is a fairly large area, followed by 3 days I've been look every nook and cranny. Other old town that has a lot to like. Baby shop of the old buildings of Lijiang is a big factor in the beauty. Be sure to look for spots rather than the caliber of these shops is the most important. Dongba characters painted murals is one of the sights or anything like that. The entrance to the old city to enter the 80 Yuan to buy my tickets for a heck of a lot to make sure that you have this too difficult. Even the Black Dragon Pool Park as though that the tickets can go.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I've been to many ancient towns in China. This is similar. As this is a tourist attraction, it's very commercialized. Good place to find food and drinks though. As we stayed in Intercontinental, it wa...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The city is crowded and in my opinion is like a big Mall, all the houses have become the shops, bars and restaurants, so it only retains some charm if you walk through the streets of second or third line or getting up very early
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  • May 21, 2017
    Adorable this ancient town of Lijiang. Very easy to get lost. We stayed there 7 days and took nearly 5 days to explore every corner of it. Visitors maintenance charge is RMB$80 which lasts a month. Very reasonable and applies to everyone except the Lijiang local community and Chinese military veterans. The place is really different but slightly commercial now but still very, very interesting
  • June 29, 2017
    This is a tourist trap. Almost every building is a shop. Entry requires a really high fee... Basically just so you can shop. To enter the Mu (if I recall the name) Palace, you need to pay a high fee again.
  • July 3, 2017
    Most of it is reconstructed, but the atmosphere is still very nice. Definitely worth visiting
  • February 6, 2017
    Very clean and unique. Enjoy my staying here. You should find a guesthouse located in Old Town so that you can walk around the Old Town anytime especially to enjoy the night view. I've been here in Dec 2016.
  • April 27, 2017
    A tourist spot but very nice. Keep a map handy, it is easy to get lost

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Where to stay in Lijiang

Though built on a small scale, Lijiang has long been a popular destination for Chinese tourists, and what was already a good choice of accommodations has grown with increased international interest. Expect to pay a premium to stay in the old town area, with hotels overlooking the main canals particularly popular. Head out of the old town and you'll find a good range of more cost-effective, smaller guesthouses, hostels, and hotels, either in the suburban residential areas, or on the main roads leading out into the hillier areas of the region.
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