Lijiang Old Town, also known as Dayan Town, is located in the central part of Lijiang City, with Elephant Hill and Jinhong Hill in the north, Lion Hill in west, and boundless farmland in the southeast. Lijiang Old Town is a town without city walls, which is characterized with timber-made houses, clean stone-paved paths, ubiquitous bridges and unceasing streams, brimming with laid-back and peaceful atmosphere everywhere. Lijiang is one of the historical and cultural old towns in China. Lijiang Old Town including Dayan Town, Baisha Town, and Shuhe Town, was listed into UNESCO World Heritage on December 4, 1997.From that on, the local government pays much attention to development and protection of the old city. Now, with its unbeatable charm, Lijiang Old Town appeals numerous travel addicts home and abroad to pay a visit annually.
Located in Yunnan-Guilin Plateau, Lijiang Old Town has the latitude of more than 2400 meters and covers an area of 3.8 square kilometers. It was started to build in Southern Song Dynasty and boasts the history of more than 800 years, which has been an important town in the east of Yunnan province since ancient times. Now more than 25000 people have resided here and most of them are Nanxi people. 30% residents still deal in traditional handcrafts, such as bronze-ware, fur, leather, spinning and brewing and the like.
Residential houses of Naxi ethnic minority flavor are ubiquitous in Lijiang Old Town. In front of houses flow the gurgling brooks, which blend with the surrounding harmoniously. Rows of willows sway with the breeze and green-stone-paved paths stretch zigzagly far in distance, creating the featured landscape of delicate bridges, gurgling brooks and surrounded houses. With the dreamlike beautiful landscape and distinctive architectural composition, Lijiang Old Town earns the reputation of "Suzhou in Highland".
Lijiang Old Town is so popular at uncountable travel-addicts flock to during Golden Weeks, which makes hotel and traffic hot cakes.
If time permitting, please travel there during low seasons.
Location: 1, East Street, Old Town District, Yunnan Province
Admission Fees: 80RMB