Things to Do in Lijiang

Wonder about what to do in Lijiang? Lijiang, listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with ancient streets, mountains, gorges, museums, temples and ethnic minorities, will certainly give you a fantastic natural and cultural experience.

Must-sees & Must-dos in Lijiang:
(a) capture the panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town;
(b) explore Naxi people’s art, architecture and their lifestyle;
(c) get close into the Baisha Village and Watch the Baisha Murals;
(d) visit the holy mountain - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain;
(e) hike along the Tiger Leaping Gorge;
(f) ......

A Lijiang trip is incomplete without visiting these Lijiang attractions. Just come and discover now!

Lijiang Attraction Map

Enjoy Lijiang Impression Show

No.1: Enjoy Lijiang Impression Show


Impression Lijiang, an outdoor performance taking place in a natural theatre at 3200 meters above sea level, uses Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the background and showing the local folk customs, the form of song and dance drama.

Directed by the famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the show is divided into six parts, composing of “Tea Horse Road And Caravan", "Snow-capped Mountains Of The Wine", “Immeasurably Vast"", " "Playing Jump Group Song", " Drum Dance Worship Heaven", and "Blessing Ceremony". More than 500 locals of 10 ethnic groups, and about 100 horses, aim to provide an insight into the lives of the region’s ethnic groups. This real performance is acting during the daytime, 09:00 and 11:30 (please check the time with your local tour guide) in the Dry Sea of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Area.

Appreciate Naxi Ancient Orchestral Music

No.2: Appreciate Naxi Ancient Orchestral Music

Type: Concerts, Performances

When walking on the ancient street of Lijiang Old Town, you will undoubtedly hear the amazing Naxi Ancient Music, the traditional Naxi classical music that is regarded as a “living fossil of Chinese music”.

According to research, this ancient music originated in the 14th century. It originally included three parts, 'Baisha Fine Music' (Baisha Xiyue), 'Dongjing Music' (Dongjing Yinyue), and 'Huangjing Music' (Huangjing Yinyue), however, the last one has long been lost in the river of time. Played on venerable Chinese musical instruments such as flute, shawm, Chinese lute, plectrum, and zither, the special music has the power to cleanse the heart and relax the mind. The performances of the "Naxi Concert Hall" (every night) have attracted a lot of audiences from around the world.

Watch Birds at Lashihai Lake

No.3: Watch Birds at Lashihai Lake

Type: Bodies of Water

Distance from Lijiang: 60 km

Surrounded by the mountains, Lashi Lake is the largest lake in Lijiang. There many interesting things to do in Lashi Lake Scenic Area like horse riding, cycling, boating and birding etc.

For the bird enthusiasts, spending some happy time in Lashi Lake Wetlands is also a great idea, especially during the months of December to February. This is the home of more than 57 types of birds. Hence, they are seen flying around the area anytime of the year. During the migratory season, the population of the birds increases. More than 30,000 birds go to this place when the winter months hit the European and Australian continent. They stray here for a few weeks until about three months.

Step into the Matriarchal Society

No.4: Step into the Matriarchal Society

Type: Concerts, Performances

Besides the natural beauty of Lugu Lake, the Mosuo people and their unique marriage culture are very attractive. Today, the Mosuo people still live in a matriarchal society. Men stay in the women's home as mates called “Axia” and the intimate relationship lasts as long as they like for there is no marriage safety belt. Children are brought up by women, and use the surname of their mothers. Families are composed of the members of the matrilineal kin. Women operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society, forming a modern day “woman's kingdom”.

Ride Horse in Lijiang

No.5: Ride Horse in Lijiang

Type: Entertainment

In Lijiang, it is a great enjoyment to do the horse riding adventure. You could ride a horse leisurely around Lashi Lake or Wen Lake.

The most popular route is the Horse Tea Trail. This is the classic path which tourists could take. The steep, weathered path still is luring with the dense forest, lake and waterfalls, serene temple as well as the local Naxi farming life in the little village. The groups of horse riders, tinkle of horse bells and the wild singing of the horse man may give you an illusion of the ancient traders' horsing journey.

Go Bar-hopping in Lijiang Ancient Town

No.6: Go Bar-hopping in Lijiang Ancient Town

Type: Entertainment / Nightlife

In Lijiang Ancient Town, a large number of bars which are decorated in different styles will be another highlight in Lijiang.

No matter what you like, there is one for you. Different from noisy bars in modern cities, these bars have an atmosphere of tranquil and tender, which can be found only in beautiful places like Lijiang. Listening to soft music in the hazy light, tasting plateful wine, murmuring with your girlfriend and appreciating the night scene of Lijiang, you will find an eternal peace and beauty in your heart.

Recommended Lijiang Tours

Top 3 Lijiang tours chosen by most customers to explore Lijiang in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Old Naxi Woman in Lijiang Ancient Town
3 Days Romantic Lijiang Tour with Visits to Naxi Kingdom


Large Scale Outdoor Show - Impression Lijiang
3 Days Lijiang Cultural & Natural Tour with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain


Tiget Leaping Gorge Hike
5 Days Lijiang Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking


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