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Old Town

The center of Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan

Lijiang Old Town is also called Dayan Town. In the southeast of the town there is a vast piece of farmland which looks like a big jade inkstone and that's the reason for the name of the town Dayan Town (Big Inkstone Town). It was originally built in the later part of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), which means that it is already more than 800 years old. Lijiang Old Town is a place where the people of Naxi nationality inhabited for a very long period of time. It is world-renown for its simple style and scientific design. In addition the Lijiang Old Town is the only town without ramparts in the list of Chinese historical towns.

Jade spring water flows through the town all year round. The houses and streets were built against the mountains. You can see trees and flowers on almost every street and in each yard. The stone bridges above the stream, the clear waves, and the narrow paths are all in harmony. Those houses built with wood and mud combined the traditional designs of the Han, Bai and Tibetan nationalities. They are the heritage  of the history of Chinese architecture.

Hand made shoes in Lijiang Old Town 

In the center of this old town there is a Square Street. Four branch streets stretch to the four directions: east, south, west and north. Stores are standing shoulder by shoulder. You can easily find various kinds of paintings, craftworks, bronze wares, woodcarvings, jade articles, musical instruments and other snacks of Naxi nationality.

 Getting there:
You can take train to Kunming or Dali, and then take bus to Lijiang. Or you can take a plane to Lijiang airport and then get to the destination.

Admission Fee: CNY 40 (Protection Fare)
Time for a Visit:
40 minutes

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