Lijiang Ancient Town was built at the end of the 13th century, with a history going back more than 800 years. The Old Town was built leaning against the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China and well-known for its ancient buildings, bridges and the distinctive Naxi culture.
The houses in the Lijiang Ancient Town are all traditional buildings with carved beams and painted rafters. Through the town runs Jade River, across which there are 354 bridges, linking streets and lanes. Many were built during the 14th to the early 20th centuries. These bridges are densely scattered with a variety styles and features, adding beauty to the old town. The countless small branches of springs are threading among the stone-paved lanes. Thus, it has gained a beautiful name "Suzhou in Highland" and "Eastern Venice".
Lijiang Ancient Town is both a historical and a cultural town. It is home to people of more than 2O minority ethnic groups. Each of these ethnic groups has a unique culture and history. Most of these are Naxi people engaging in traditional handcraft industry and business activities such as bronze, fur, textile and wine manufacture. Known as the "soul of Lijiang", the town formed a part of the cultural heritage of China presented by the Naxi cultures.
Type: Ancient Village
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Ticket Price: Protection fee of Lijiang Ancient Town: 80 RMB. (The ticket is valid within 7days. Please keep the receipt.)
Recommended visit time: Half day or full day
The high season falls on the Spring Festival holidays, International Labor Day Holidays, and National Day Holidays. During the holidays the city could be very busy and it is advised to book hotels in advance.