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Nestled beneath the snowy peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the narrow cobbled streets of Old Lijiang run with the clear waters of mountain streams.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain On The Border Of Tibet
Featured in the Channel 4 documentary ‘Beyond the Clouds’, this idyllic old place is now a World Heritage Town. Once amongst the ancient streets of the old town, flanked by traditional Naxi-style architecture, the magic of the area becomes apparent.

This region is the stronghold of the Naxi people, unique matriarchal Dongba culture combines shamanism with a unique pictographic language. From the 500-year-old Giant Camelia Tree and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the Baisha Frescoes and Lugu Lake, the region surrounding Lijiang is one of the most beautiful imaginable, and prompted the naturalist Joseph Rock to devote much of his life to the study of its flora and indigenous cultures.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Lijiang

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lijiang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Lijiang

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lijiang. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Garden Yard, Superior Standard Double The Bivou,Lijiang

      The Bivou

      Medium

      This small but stylish guesthouse enjoys a peaceful village setting away from the bustle of Lijiang. Here you can immerse yourself in the local Naxi minority culture simply by strolling the cobbled streets right outside your door.

    • Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe, Lijiang

      Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe

      Simple

      The Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe is a peaceful, tranquil courtyard style hotel, located on the edge of the old town.

    • Garden Villa Bedroom, Banyan Tree, Lijiang

      Banyan Tree Lijiang

      First Class

      Offering luxurious villas, comfortable suite rooms and spa, the Banyan Tree in Lijiang reflects the rich fabric of this locale through its design and furnishings.

    • Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel (Joyland), Lijiang

      Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel (Joyland)

      Medium

      The Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel is divided up into separate Inns of a traditional style and are all located in the heart of the Old Town of Lijiang.

    • Amandayan suite

      Amandayan

      Deluxe

      The Amandayan is an elegant and luxurious addition to Lijiang. Located in grounds overlooking the picturesque roofs and winding lanes of Lijiang’s Old Town, the Amandayan has been thoughtfully designed in the traditional style of the local Naxi ethnic minority.

    • Grounds of the InterContinental, Lijiang

      Crowne Plaza

      Deluxe

      With magnificent views towards the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Crowne Plaza offers stylish and luxurious accommodation in villas built to blend in to the town’s traditional architecture.

    Ideas for experiencing Lijiang

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lijiang, and which use the best local guides.

    • Tiger Leaping Gorge

      Tiger Leaping Gorge Excursion

      Lijiang

      Tiger Leaping Gorge measures 16km and has an awesome depth of 3,900 meters, making it one of the deepest gorges in the world.