Lijiang Travel Guide

Lijiang is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, at an altitude of 2418m. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau coverage.

Lijiang Travel Guide

Lijiang is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, at an altitude of 2418m. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau coverage. Lied between Dali and Shangri-La, Lijiang is the must-visit city that you can put either Shangri-La or Dali into your travel list or cover three of them.

Why Visit this City:

  • Old Town of Lijiang. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Old Town of Lijiang is comprised of three towns – Dayan Old Town, Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Ancient Town. Lose yourselves to explore in the romantic streets.
  • Time-locked Destination in Naxi Style. Lijiang has been the base of the 286,000-strong Naxi minority for about the last 1400 years. You can find Naxi architecture everywhere, hear local Naxi people speaking Naxi language, enjoy singing and dance held by the Naxi minority, and Naxi script and Dongba writings shown everywhere in the time-locked ancient towns.
  • Trade City on Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Southwest China linked with India via Tibet. It headed north through Lijiang and into the thin air of the Himalayan mountains on the way to the Tibetan capital Lhasa, before turning south to India and Burma. Travelers can trace back the Tea-horse road by visiting Shuhe Ancient Town, Lashi Lake, etc.
  • Breathtaking Natural Views Everywhere. No matter you stroll in the maze of cobbled streets of the old towns or travel out of time-honored towns, you can see the high and continuous mountains before you. Feel intoxicated by the amazing wonders – The First Bend of Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Top Attractions

In Lijiang, there are a lot of things to see and do. Once you are stepping on the dreamland, you’ll visit Lijiang Old Town, including Mu’s Residence, Wangu Tower, Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Culture Museum; out of Lijiang Old Town, you can explore Baisha Mural Paintings and Former Residence of Joseph Rock, etc. To go a little further, transfer to see First Bend of Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge. In Lijiang, leisure stroll and tight exploration are for you!

Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town

Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lijiang Old Town is ancient town for Naxi ethnic group. It is one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world, making it a world-famous hiking destination. It consists of Upper, Middle and Lower Gorge.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the southernmost mountain in China and famous for its chaming sightseeing, excellent Impression Lijiang show, Dongba culture, etc.

Lugu Lake
Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake, located between Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province, is the mysterious land for Mosuo people. Diverse experience and fun are waiting for you in the “Kingdom of Women”.


Weather & When to Go

What’s your picture of Lijiang? The white cloud under the blue sky, continuous mountains stood afar, smiling Naxi people and tourists sitting leisurely to enjoy the gentle sunshine, yes, this is a normal scene in Lijiang. Lijiang has a mild subtropical highland climate with an average temperature of 12.7°C. Summer is warm and wet and winter is mild, dry and sunny. The rainy months are from June to September and the weather during these days changes a lot. The best times to visit Lijiang are Spring and Autumn.

If you want to visit during the Naxi ethnic festivals, come during Sanduo Festival on the 8th day of the second month by lunar calendar, and Torch Festival on the 24th at the six month of lunar calendar.



Transfer to Lijiang

Lijiang Sanyi International Airport is located 30km from Lijiang downtown, with 40-45 minutes’ transfer. It has flights from/to Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Lhasa, Chongqing, Guiyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Hangzhou and more cities in China.

Lijiang Railway Station is about 10 km from Lijiang downtown area. Travelers can take train to Dali and Kunming. It needs 2 hours and 10 minutes running between Lijiang and Dali and about 9 hours between Lijiang and Kunming.

At present, long-distance buses are available between Lijiang and many other destinations, like Shangri-La (3.5 hours), Tiger Leaping Gorge (2 hours), Dali (3 hours), and Kunming (8 hours).

Transfer within Lijiang

In Lijiang city, travelers can travel around by taxi or bus. To go further, it is suggested to hire a private car (China Discovery offers private service with experienced guide and driver to take you to all the attractions in Lijiang).



Lijiang Hotels

You never need to worry about your accommodation in Lijiang. Hundreds of hotels and hostels are located in Lijiang Old Town. Hotels range from luxury 5 star to budget 3 star, including Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town, Pullman, Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, etc. Many local hotels are also good choice for comfortable stay. Living in Lijiang Old Town, it is easily access to Mu’s Residence, Wangu Tower, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Culture Museum, bars and shops. If you want to stay in Shuhe Ancient Town, there are some nice hotels for you which offer you different experience in Lijiang Old Town.