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Lijiang 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

Must-sees in Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Murals, Old Town of Lijiang 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

Dabaoji Palace, Lijiang, Yunnan 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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