Lijiang

Located 525 km northwest of Kunming, Lijiang is a prefecture-level city, comprising an area of 20,600 square kilometers. The name is also often used to refer to the urban area in which the prefectural government is located, which is officially known as Gucheng Qu or "Ancient Town District." Lijiang is one of the top tourist destinations in China, visited by millions of people every year who come to enjoy and appreciate the clear air, natural beauty, ethnic culture and traditional way of life found in the region. Among the main attractions are Old Town Lijiang, Old Town Shuhe, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Old Town Lijiang is now part of the larger urban center of Lijiang. Old Town Shuhe is 7 km north of Old Town Lijiang. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is 33 km north. From Old Town Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge it is about 80 km.

Attractions

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  1. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Yulong Xueshan or Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is reputed to be
    the southernmost snow-covered mountain in China. Standing 15 km north of Lijiang,
    the mountain extends for 40 km from south to north and run for 15 km across.
    Shanzi Dou, the highest peak of the mountain, rises up to 5,596 m (18360 ft). There are three places where one can view and experience the mountain,
    respctively Yunshanping, Maoniuping, and Glacier Park. The first two are
    grassland located on the lower slopes of the mountain whereas the Glacier Park,
    as the name indicates, is above the snow-line (4,000 m or 13,123 ft). One can take
    a chairlift to get to these three places.

  2. Mu Family Mansion

    Before the modern times, local chieftains from the Mu family governed the Naxi people in the Lijiang area. The hereditary rule of the Mu family continued for over 20 generations. The Mu Family Mansion (Mu Wang Fu) was both the residence of the chieftains and their administrative office. The traditional compound is located in the southwestern section of Old Town Lijiang and occupies 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of land.

  3. Old Town Lijiang

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Town Lijiang (Lijiang Gucheng) has preseverd much of its history that dates back to the 13th century. The Naxi, a minority people in this part of China, have lived here for centuries. Traditional architecture, clear streams that run along winding narrow alleys, and over 300 small stone bridges together make Old Town Lijiang a nice place to visit. That is, if one can somehow manage to stay away from the large hordes of tourists.

  4. Pool of Black Dragon Park

    Heilong Tan (Pool of Black Dragon) is a lake located 1 km north of Old Town Lijiang. Know for the clear springs in the area, Heilong Tan is now a park, which is alternatively known as Yuquan Gongyuan (Jade Spring Park). This is an ideal place to have a look of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that rise above the northern horizon.

  5. Tiger Leaping Gorge

    About 80 km north of Lijiang, the Yangzi River rushes through narrow valley between snow-covered Yulong Mountain and Haba Mountain. Hutiao Xia or Tiger Leaping Gorge is 17 km in length, with the mountains on the sides rise up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) above the rapid running river below. Adventurous travelers can hike on the winding paths along the river to experience the extraordinary views. From Lijiang it is a bus ride of about 3 hours to get to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Airport

Lijiang Sanyi Airport is located 28 km south of the urban area of Lijiang. Transportation, shuttle buses and taxis.