Visit Lijiang, China
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe is a peaceful, tranquil courtyard style hotel, located on the edge of the old town.
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.
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.
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.
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 measures 16km and has an awesome depth of 3,900 metres, making it one of the deepest gorges in the world.