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Lijiang Murals & Naxi Ancient Music

  • Lijiang Murals, Old Town of Lijiang
  • Dabaoji Palace, Lijiang, Yunnan

 Lijiang Murals

Another name for Lijiang Murals is Baisha Murals. Baisha (White Sand) is located in the north of Lijiang. It is named this because of the large amount of white sand on the earth’s surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin. The present murals are all kept in Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple in Baisha. All of the 55 murals were masterpieces in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The biggest one is stored in Dabaoji Palace. In total, there are 100 vivid figures visible in it. Their facial expressions are vivid enough to show their happiness, anger, sadness and joys. All of the Baisha murals are about religion. However their uniqueness comes from the fact that they are the combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism, which is quite a rare phenomenon.


Lijiang Murals attract countless people both at home and abroad because of it distinctive characteristics and precious historical connotation.



Admission Fee: CNY 15 for the Baisha Mural
Bus Route: 7


 Naxi Ancient Music

Naxi Ancient Music is a kind of widely spread classical music of Naxi nationality. Although it is hundreds of years old, it is full of life and vigor and is therefore called the Living Fossil of Chinese Music. Whenever you come to Lijiang, you can hear its melodious sound. Naxi nationality has a traditional love for music. Almost every village has its own ancient music band. Naxi Ancient Music has undergone hundreds of years' changes, and now it has formed its own distinctive characteristics. Naxi Ancient Music is a combination of old music, old musical instruments and old players, which are called 'three treasures'. The playing of this kind of ancient music can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).

Admission Fee: CNY 100 Recommended Time
for a Visit: Two hours

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