Sightseeing in Lijiang
The main attraction of Lijiang is the charming Old Town. A few attractions exist within and around the town but these are generally overpriced and of little interest. There are, however, some noteworthy attractions in the surrounding countryside.
Lijiang Old Town (Dayan Town) (大研古城)
The Old Town, known as Dayan Town, is what draws tourists to Lijiang. It is an enchanting place of winding cobblestone streets lined with wooden houses and interlaced with a network of scenic canals crossed by stone bridges… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥80 for the Old Town Preservation Fee (if you choose to pay it).
Lion Hill Park (狮子山公园)
This park on Lion Hill serves up the best views of Lijiang’s Old Town you will find. At the peak of the hill stands Wanggu Tower, a 22 meter, five storey pavilion… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥15. Open: 8am-6pm.
Directions: Take the stairs at the north-west corner of Sifang Jie…
Mu Family Mansion (木府)
This residence was the home of the Mu Family, the hereditary rulers of Lijiang prefecture through the centuries. The first Mu Chieftan was appointed in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥35. Open: 8:30am-5:30pm.
Directions: The Mu Family Mansion is located to the south of Sifang Jie.
Black Dragon Pool Park (黑龙潭公园)
This park should be boycotted until they stop practicing discriminating admission policies. They allow Chinese people to enter for free while all foreigners need to pay. The staff claim this is because… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥80 (or show your receipt for the Old Town fee). Open: 7am-7pm.
Directions: The park is north of the Old Town, at the end of Xin Dajie.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xue Shan) (玉龙雪山)
This mountain, actually a small mountain range, is located 15km north of Lijiang and is home to the southern-most glacier in the northern hemisphere. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain provides a picturesque backdrop… (Read More…)
Directions: Bus #7 from opposite the Mao statue on Xin Dajie will get you there.