Lijiang Travel

Lijiang Travel Guide 2020

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! For more attractions info, please see all Attractions in Lijiang.

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

Lijiang Weather

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. >>see details about Lijiang climate, weather & season to go


Lijiang Airport Lijiang Railway Station

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). To check more transfer info, please see how to get to and around 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. For detailed accommodation info, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who will try their best to satisfy your likes and needs.

Useful Lijiang Maps

We have collected some very useful Lijiang maps including Lijiang City maps, Lijiang Old Town Map and Tiger Leaping Gorge Map to help you have a better understanding about Lijiang and its attractions. For more maps, please check 2020 Overall and Detailed Lijiang Maps.

Lijiang City Map

Lijiang City Map

Map of Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town Map

Hiking Map of Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Map of Tiger Leaping Gorge

Other Hot Destinations in Yunnan

Besides Lijiang, there are some other hot destinations in Yunnan, like Dali, Shangri-la, Kunming, Yuanyang and Jianshui, etc. Check the travel guide of each destination and discover now!

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Lijiang Map

Chinese Name: 丽江

Chinese Pinyin: Lì jiāng

English IPA: /'lijiang/

Population: 1.24 million

Language: Mandarin & Naxi Language

Tel Code: 0888

Zip Code: 674100

Time Zone: (UTC+8)

Plan your Lijiang Tour

Usually, travelers can spend 2~3 days in Lijiang, one day for exploring in Lijiang Old Town area, one day for traveling to see Baisha Mural Paintings, Shuhe Ancient Town, Former Residence of Joseph Rock, and one day to First Bend of Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

It is highly recommended to combine Dali with Lijiang, Lijiang with Shangri-La in Yunnan. The classic route Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La tour is chosen by many travelers which takes 8 days for four destinations. For a tailor-made tour, please feel free to contact our travel consultants who are ready to help customize your own trip.

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