The Ancient Town of Lijiang
In the vast China, there are four intact-preserved ancient towns, and the ancient town of Lijiang is a shinning member of it. Unlike the other ancient towns, the Lijiang ancient town is open without any town walls that will make the town more mysterious, while the blue marble stone pathways winding along the town would bring you back to the history.
Taking a walk in the ancient town and surrounded by the old but firm architectures with civil structures, you will have a strong feeling of the ancient culture when seeing the old people in the traditional Tibetan clothes lingering along the streets leisurely. For the vivid way of learning the history of the ancient town, you can come to the huge screen next to the big running waterwheels, which are the symbol of the Lijang Ancient Town, where the most popular folk songs and documentary films can be seen freely.
Lijiang Ancient Town is a place where you can spend your holidays all the year round without worrying to be disturbed by the nasty weather. In spring, walking along the streams on the shore of which the sprouting willows flying with the breeze, you will lose yourself under the warm sun. In summer, taking a sip of coffee in the teahouse along the running streams watching the people come and go on the old stone bridges, you will feel relax fully. In autumn, climbing the mountains to enjoy the leaves getting yellow and red or having a bird’s eye of the entire magnificent ancient town, you may feel the greatness of the nature and the man. In winter, the stone carvings of various designs along the street and splendid carvings in the marvelous temples seem more peaceful and scared, making the ancient town more attractive.
The beauty of this ancient city also lies in its nature and harmony with its surrounding geological environment. The Yulongxueshan Mountain with the altitude of 5596 meters and the 4th generation of glacier relic lies in the place, 30km away in the northwest of the ancient city is. The Yuquanshui River includes three mainstreams, which flow towards the west, east and in the middle. The river running into the ancient city includes many branch canals, so the network of rivers mixed with the roads of the five-flowered stones. Attracted by the ancient city and the Xueshan Mountains, millions of tourists come here and enjoy themselves in the ancient city of primitive simplicity, naturalness, tranquility and elegance.
Culture is the soul of Lijiang ancient town. Dongba culture is an integral part of Naxi culture, referred to as the ancient culture of the ethnic Naxi. It is called so because it is mostly found in the Dongba religion, which is believed to be one thousand years old. It chiefly consists of scriptures, paintings, music, dances, ritual implements and religious services.
Opening Hours: the whole day
Ticket Price: free
Location: Gucheng Zone, Lijiang City, Yunnan
Transportation: Railways from Kunming and Dali, long-distance bus from Tibet and Sichuan and flight from Kunming will bring you here.