What is Lijiang known for?

art architecture

and are perhaps best-known for their embroidery; they also have their own language with its own hieroglyphic-style writing system, and their own religion, clothing, art, architecture, music and dance. The Chinese government classifies the Mosuo (found mainly further north around Lugu Lake) as part of the Naxi group, but neither the Naxi nor the Mosuo accept this. Lijiang or nearby Baisha (now a village 12km north of town) have been important since approximately the time of Christ, when the Naxi settled in the area, and Baisha was the capital of a Naxi kingdom from 658 to 1107. Then the area came under Chinese control and Lijiang became the administrative center. Parts of the old town date back to this period, built during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The town was built where the Jade River divides into three and its streams form the canals and waterways which flow along the old town streets. In 1278, the Yuan Dynasty appointed the Naxi chief Mu De hereditary ruler of the area, and the Mu family retained power for about 500 years. Today their palace is one of the major tourist attractions of the old town. Lijiang became known in the west through two men who lived in or near the town in the early 20th century, Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock who wrote a Naxi dictionary, several scholarly papers, and many articles for National Geographic, and Russian Peter Goullart who wrote several books. It has been suggested that Rock's articles inspired James Hilton's ''Lost Horizons'' novel about a fictional Himalayan paradise, Shangrila, but the claim is controversial. After China started to admit foreign tourists in the 1980s, Lijiang began to attract many visitors. To fulfill their needs, local people started restaurants and cafes. Chinese people also long for the lifestyle and the excellent environment in Lijiang and started to pour in. An earthquake in 1996 flattened large parts of the town, though quite a few of the traditional wooden buildings remained standing while far more of the Mao-era brick or concrete structures collapsed. Since then there has been extensive rebuilding, mainly in traditional styles. There have been some complaints that much of that work followed traditions of central China, rather than locally appropriate ones, but most visitors will just notice a lot of rather pretty old-looking buildings. Get in By plane There are many flights from Kunming to Lijiang, from early morning to late at night, at around US$100 one way + ¥100 tax; the duration is only 50 minutes. There are also direct flights from Chengdu and Chongqing, of longer duration and at higher cost. However, the train service between Lijiang and Kunming is the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way to arrive at or depart from Lijiang. thumb 250px Lijiang Airport (File:Lijiang Airport.JPG) It is also possible to book a flight to Lijiang from any major city in China, but most flights will stop in Kunming and many will require a change of planes there. There are some international flights. Tiger fly direct from Singapore to Lijiang, though only a few flights a week. The return flight makes a quick refuelling stop at Chiang Rai, Thailand. The modestly sized airport is 40 minutes from the city. You can take a taxi for ¥100 (official fixed price) to get to the city. There are touts that will offer the same trip for ¥60-80, but it is likely you will find yourself squeezed into the same vehicle with strangers. Alternatively, outside the arrival hall, you will find the airport bus, which leaves regularly when full, for ¥15, to the Blue Skies Hotel near the Guangfang Hotel, which is 1km from the old town. A taxi to the old town will be ¥7-10 from the Blue Skies Hotel carpark. When leaving Lijiang, arriving at the airport an hour before your flight is sufficient. Lijiang is at 2400m (almost 8,000 feet) so there is some risk of altitude sickness if you fly in from a lower altitude. The risk is not remarkably severe (Altitude_sickness#How_high_is_high.3F), but it may be more prudent to fly to Kunming at 2000m, acclimatise there, then come to Lijiang. Dali would be an interesting intermediate stop. If you do fly direct to Lijiang from sea level, plan to take it easy the first day or two while your body gets acclimatised. By train There are daily services to Dali and Kunming. A ticket booking office is located on the north side of the road several hundred metres west of the bus station. The train station is an impressive structure about 7km south of Lijiang old town. Several public bus lines serve the station, including the number 18 and some number 4 buses. Taxis are reluctant to use the meter and will demand high fares of ¥30-40, though with bargaining ¥15 may be possible. Be aware that taxis are not easy to come by in Lijiang. An alternative is the small SUV-type vans which cruise around offering a share-taxi service. A hard sleeper berth from Kunming to Lijiang costs ¥130 and runs from 10PM to 7AM. The soft sleeper car would cost you about ¥205 on the same train. If you travel by a small family, parents and a kid, consider the VIP chamber which is at the price of ¥614, one less than purchasing three individual tickets in a four bed standard room. You may feel a bit tight for luggage storage space, but you gain more valuable privacy, with your own family. From Dali the train is a faster, cheaper alternative to the crowded buses: Hard (padded) seat is about 31Y, and the journey takes only 2 hours from Dali city. Train No. Dpt Arr. Duration Dpt. Time Arr.Time Soft-sleeper Hard-sleeper Soft seat Hard seat K9610 Kunming Lijiang 8hr:48min 10:00 18:48 ¥218 ¥227 ¥142 ¥148 ¥153 ¥138 ¥90 L9630 Kunming Lijiang 9hr:14min 11:26 20:40 ------ ¥142 ¥148 ¥153 ---- ¥90 k9606 Kunming Lijiang 9hr:02min 21:58 07:00 ------ ¥142 ¥148 ¥153 ---- ----- K9602 Kunming Lijiang 9hr:00min 22:28 07:28 ¥218 ¥227 ¥142 ¥148 ¥153 ¥138 ¥90 L9646 Kunming Lijiang 10hr:45min 22:50 09:35 ¥168 ¥175 ¥99 ¥104 ¥107 ----- ---- By bus * The bus station is located south of the old city. Regular services to from Shangrila and overnight service from Kunming stop here. You can take the bus 8 in front of the bus station to the old town or take a taxi. * From Dali, minibus bus at 55 60¥ about every 30 60min, ~4h (highway in construction, oct 2011). * There is a direct bus from Chengdu which starts at 11:20 at Xinnamen station in Chengdu. It takes about 24 hours to do the trip, and cost about 280¥. * Alternatively, you can take a train from Chengdu to Panzhihua (15h, ~191¥ for a hard sleeper) to arrive in the early morning. At the exit of Panzhihua train station, take one of the bus 64 on the left of the exit and get off at the terminus, which is the bus terminal (3¥, ~1h). Then, you can take a bus to Lijiang, which run every 45 minutes from 7AM to 1PM (from 83¥ to 92¥, ~8h). Get around WikiPedia:Lijiang City Dmoz:Regional Asia China Yunnan Lijiang

ancient music

Orchestra, which includes some 70-90 year old men. The music itself is a combination of traditional Chinese music dating back to the Tang dynasty and local instruments and flavours. The music is well performed, however be prepared for long explanations of its musical history in Mandarin between each piece and the sometimes self-serving comments of Xuan Ke the Director. While the Naxi Ancient Music group of Lijiang is famous and well promoted, there are other excellent classical Chinese music groups playing in Lijiang's parks (for ¥10) or at weddings or housewarmings all over Yunnan. * WikiPedia:Lijiang City Dmoz:Regional Asia China Yunnan Lijiang

great location

down Qi Yi street and take the first left to Bai Sui bridge. Or from old town square, go down Wu Yi street to the Big Stone Bridge, then follow the water downstream, cross a bridge and go to the next bridge, called 100 year old Bridge. The cafe is inside Water Nymph cafe, upstairs. phone 13769001439 tollfree fax hours 9AM-11PM price reasonable content Great location, with view of the mountain and below the canal and bridge. Run by two foreigners, who roast their own coffee, make

painting fine

there if you like. *'''Baisha Mural''' Baisha village was once Lijiang's political, economic and cultural center. The existing55Baisha murals here, Baisha murals due to absorption of Han Chinese painting fine brushwork, succinct, fusion of Tibetan Buddhist painting in the smooth beautiful style, and there is no lack of Naxi nationality character in the wild, it became the mural art treasures. *


hours price Listed rates from ¥1,080, discounted from ¥360 checkin checkout content Four-star traditional Naxi palace-style hotel that is adjacent to Ancient Town. Inside the hotel’s traditional setting, modern facilities and services can be enjoyed. Amenities include 214 deluxe guestrooms, The Mushroom King restaurant, KTV, spa, and roof garden to name a few. Guaranteed online reservation is available. * WikiPedia:Lijiang City Dmoz:Regional Asia China Yunnan Lijiang

starting construction

traditional houses converted to rooms, courtyards, and gathering places, and designs all trend to traditional Chinese sensibilities. There are new high end hotel and condominium developments starting construction from 2011 forward, so there is a definite push to make the destination one for all tastes and not just young adventurers. Nearby Some tens of miles north of Lijiang is the Baishui Terrace (Baishuitai) (白水台 ''Baishuitai'', literally "White Water Terrace"), an area where

excellent service

the traditional "Naxi" dwelling and is owned and managed by Emperor Resorts International Pte Ltd, Singapore. For info - Facebook Page - Lijiang Sina Hotel 新纳大酒店 *

service, and rooms that are cozy in a prime locale. Experience the old world charm of Lijiang Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. *

coffee coffee

them. '' Local skirts'' that include designs that appear ''' Ancient Egyptian''' may actually be based on pictographs that preceded Chinese characters. * '''Art and writing samples''' (东巴; ''Dōngbā'') - The Naxi have the only living hieroglyphic language in the world, and shops with samples of it, or of the unique Naxi style art, are abundant. * '''Yunnan Coffee''' - Coffee ground to a fine powder then added to water, although most contain milk and sugar powder already. * '''Warm Clothing''' - In the Old Town warm clothing is quite expensive if you are just looking for something cheap to keep the chill out. The road just outside the town by the waterwheel has very cheap hats, mitts, and even long johns. Just turn left at the first intersection. * '''Small red coconut''' - DO NOT BUY a small red fruit shaped like a coconut. Actually, it is just a coconut painted red and sold for a very high price. This is a scam. * WikiPedia:Lijiang City Dmoz:Regional Asia China Yunnan Lijiang

style art

them. '' Local skirts'' that include designs that appear ''' Ancient Egyptian''' may actually be based on pictographs that preceded Chinese characters. * '''Art and writing samples''' (东巴; ''Dōngbā'') - The Naxi have the only living hieroglyphic language in the world, and shops with samples of it, or of the unique Naxi style art, are abundant. * '''Yunnan Coffee''' - Coffee ground to a fine powder then added to water, although most contain milk and sugar powder already. * '''Warm Clothing

cultural show

. * WikiPedia:Lijiang City Dmoz:Regional Asia China Yunnan Lijiang


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