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Lijiang

Trip Planner Asia  /  China  /  Yunnan  /  Lijiang
(3.5/5 based on 8,500+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, nature, sightseeing

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road. The World Heritage-protected old town area displays an attractive system of canals, ornate bridges, and wooden architecture, which you can explore by foot along the old cobblestone streets, or by boat. Nearby mountains and small, authentic towns provide other places to see when on holiday in Lijang. In the build up to your vacation in Lijiang, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our China holiday planner.
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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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