Must-Go Places in Lijiang China – Recommended Lijiang Travel Spots

  1. Lijiang old town – Lijiang old town is famous for the most complete preservation of the minority’s old town. Narrowly speaking, it refers to the main part of the Lijiang old town – Dayan old town. The most famous attractions in Dayan old town is the square street, big stone bridge, bar street, Mu residence and other small attraction. Here, have the most concentrated hotels, and tourist’s souvenirs. It is the must go place in Lijiang.
  2. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – the lowest latitude snow mountain. It is known for the mountain no one has climbed to the top so far, the culture of committing suicide for love. In the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area, there are Ganhaizi, Yunshanping, Haoniuping, glacier park, and the highest golf court in China.
  3. Lugu lake – Lugu lake is famous for the “azhu marriage” of Mosuo people, the last “matrilineal society”, the original and heavenly like lake view. There are Lige island, Luoshui village, Goddess Gammo mountain. The pig-trough boats and wooden house are the signature marks of the Lugo lake.
  4. Shuhe ancient town – Shuhe ancient town is known as “Shihe”, or “Shaowu” in Naxi language. Before the tourism development, it was called Longquan village. Because there are several clear springs in the village, therefore, it is also called the “hometown of the springs”. Shuhe ancient town is awarded as the important part of the “World cultural heritage of Lijiang ancient city” by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organization. Its history is longer than the Dayan old town. During the ancient time, Shuhe is the gathering places for craftsman from center part of China. It is also the center of the crafts business. Now, Shuhe is known as “quieter and more bourgeois than Lijiang”. Here has the biggest stone bridge – Qinglong bridge.
  5. Lashi Lake – Lashi lake is the plateau lake located in Lashi village, Yulong county, Lijiang. “Lashi” is Naxi Language, meaning the new barren dam. People in Yunnan calls lake as “haizi”, therefore, it is called Lashihai. Lashihai is the home for migratory birds and the backyard of Lijiang. However, so far, the place is not developed yet. It is the famous “wild attraction” in Lijiang. Because its “wildness”, the migratory birds can rest here. Lashihai has become the most fun place if you’re seeking wildness. In Lashihai, you can ride horse, boating, bird watching, picnic, camping and so on.
  6. Tiger Leaping Gorge – is located in the intersect of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain of Shangri-la. It is located 60 km north of Lijiang Old Town. At a maximum depth of approximately 3,790 meters with a total length of 18 km. Tiger leaping gorge is divided into three sections of Upper, middle and lower section. It is the deepest canyon in the world. Starting 80s, backpackers from abroad have started hiking here. Gradually, more and more inns have opened here, providing simple food. Now, it has become well-developed hiking location. Tiger leaping gorge is located in the middle way of Lijiang and Shangri-la, usually there are many travel packages linked with it, such as “four-day tour in Meili” or “6-day tour in Yupeng”.
  7. Laojun Mountain – Laojun Mountain is called the ancestors of the mountains of Yunnan, according to legend, the god Laojun used to cook alchemy here. That how the name came. The main peak of the mountain is 4,300 meters above sea level. It is different than the snow in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the four seasons of the Laojun Mountain is covered with trees all the time. The forest has wild rhododendron, plateau meadow. The 99 ice lakes are spread all over the place. It is called 99 dragon lakes. Here also have more than 200 square km Danxia Landform.
  8. Wenbi Mountain – Wenbi Mountain and Jade Dragon Mountain one in south one in north, surrounding the Lijiang. Here has one of the biggest Lama Temple in Lijian – Wenfeng Temple is located here. The Wenbi lake at the foot of Wenbi Mountain and Lahai Lake are all listed as “international wetland protection area”.
  9. Baisha Old Town – is the oldest town in Lijiang, located at the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain. It is the earliest place for settlement for the ancestors of Lijaing Basin, the origin of Naxi culture, the political and religious center of Songyuan Dynasties. Now, it still has the Liuli hall, Dabao Palace, Dading Pavilion, Jingang Temple and other religious buildings. And there are Baisha murals, Baisha music and other cultural and artistic heritage.
  10. The first bend of the Yangtze River – The first bend of the Yangtze River is located in Shigu town, Yulong county. The tributary of Yangtze River – Jinsha River here has a spectacular turn. Therefore, it is called the first bend of the Yangtze River. The Shigu town is the earliest origin of Lijiang.
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