Lijiang Old town picturesque old town in Yunnan

Lijiang Old town Lijiang Yunnan
The old town of Lijiang will capture your heart by its traditional ethic culture, inimitable architecture and natural beauty. There are a number of villages along the southern Yangtze River, yet its waters near the village of Lijiang are dotted with small canals, spanned by bridges and shaded by weeping willows. The picturesque view is reinforced by the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that dominates the grey tiles of this old traditional part of Lijiang. The Lion Hill offers a superb panorama of Lijiang old town. In addition, the Residence of the Mu family is a reflection of Naxi culture. the new buildings are a mixture of Naxi architecture, along with Han, Tibetan and Bai influences.

Dayan Old Town

It was in the 12th century, during the Southern Song dynasty, that the town of Dayan was created. Later, the city was converted into prefecture and took the name of Lijiang. The historic center of Lijiang is, in fact, other than the ancient Dayan town. Lijiang had an original part before it developed into the large administrative center of the region. Located on the ancient Tea Horse Road, Lijiang quickly became a crossroads of trade and exchange in the region. It lies at the intersection between the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet.

Water Town of Southwestern China

The old town of Lijiang has the particularity as a water town in south of the Yangtze River. Thus, in addition to the traditional architectures, the maze of cobblestone streets of Lijiang is entangled in a maze of creeks surmounted by hundreds of bridges made of stone or wood. Their crystalline water then trickles throughout the city and their melodious sound is heard. The walkways are shaded by weeping willows whose branches hang in the freshness of the rivers. Once passed the city gates, any visitor has the impression that they were traveling back several centuries ago. No new building has invaded this picturesque scene. Furthermore, at the higher heights, the overview of the roofs of grey tiles of Lijiang is inimitable.

Naxi Music Performance

Cradle of many minorities in southwestern China, Lijiang is home to the traces of these ethnic groups within the city and the surrounding area. At night, don’t miss the old market of the old city because it comes alive with Naxi sounds, ethnic music played by many members of this group settled in the city. The Naxi people gather there so we can find some of their traditional arts, including dancing and singing. It is a unique experience, offering more authenticity than what can be offered by the common travel agencies.

Nestled in a Unique Landscape

The old town of Lijiang is nicely nestled in a unique mountainous region. With as a backdrop, including the slopes of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the old town retain its original charm and beauty.

Mu Family Mansion

Members of the Mu family were chiefs of tribes for many centuries here. They ruled the region of Lijiang who were in charge of collecting taxes for the Imperial Court from Yuan to Ming. After 60 years, the residence was finished in 1442. It set on six acres and featured a hundred buildings, which geographer Xu Xiake. But, left abandoned after the decline of the Mu family and then fully destroyed during an earthquake in 1996, the new construction is only a pale copy of its older version. The new buildings of the residence, which are tucked away in the Lion Hill, are an architectural whirlwind. It is a mixture of Tibetan, Han, Naxi and Bai architecture, all surrounded by gardens of azaleas and orchids. There is one particular building of the residence that showcases the customs and culture of only the Naxi ethnic group.

The Lion Hill

In the west of the old town, Lijiang is bordered by the Lion Hill. By following a small trail winding from the city center to a mount in the middle of the forest, one can reach the top of the Hill. Grey tiles of Lijiang in a valley surrounded by mountains make for a beautiful vista. All the wonderful natural view is ripe for exploration.


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