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Canals in Lijiang's old town
Canals in Lijiang's old town

Lijiang (丽江; Lìjiāng) is a small city in Yunnan Province, China.


The city has an 800 year history from as early as the late Song Dynasty. It is built where the Jade River divides into three and its streams form the canals and waterways which flow along the old town streets.

Get in


By plane

Due to the popularity of Lijiang as a base by local Chinese tourists, there are many flights into Lijiang. The popular route from Kunming costs ¥150-450 one way. The airport is located about 37km (about 40 minutes by car) from the city. After exiting the arrivals area take the ¥15 bus to the Blue Sky Hotel and from there take a taxi to your final destination into town. The return bus leaves from the same hotel 90 minutes before scheduled flights depart. Taxis are also available for about ¥60 into the old town.

By bus

The bus station is located south of the old city. Regular services to/from Shangrila and overnight service from Kunming stop here. You can take the bus 11 in front of the bus station to the old town (get off at Baixin Supermarket), or take a taxi.

Tour guide

There are not many English tour guides around even with travel agencies. Search online for Lijiang Professional Services to find one.

Get around

Walking is the only option in the old town, while taxis are often the easiest way around the rest of town for ¥7 (June 2008).

Fracture alert: watch where you are walking. It is easy to trip on the cobblestones or fall into the canals from the walkways or bridges, many of which do not have handrails. The cobblestones can be very slippery when wet.

To see the sights outside of the old town the options are walking, biking, public bus, private mini-bus, or taxi. The public bus mainly stays within the city and stops 8PM-PM. The mini-busses are the same price as the public bus within the city. They will have the number of the bus on the front windshield. The price of a mini-bus to a nearby village is ¥2-5, but the starting location within the city is different for most villages. If you do not know where you want to go and are limited on time the best option is to rent a taxi or mini-bus for the day, but the price can vary wildly from about ¥100 all the way up to &Yen;300. The price mainly depends on if you can speak Chinese or not, and how comfortable you look when you try to bargain the price down.

  • Old Town. Walk around, watch people, shop, drink and eat.  edit
  • Mu Palace (木府; Mùfǔ). The palace where the Mu Clan of the Naxi people ruled for over 400 years. It is a large complex that extends part way up the hill behind it. At the top is a Daoist temple, with a few Daoists ready to give fortunes to visitors for a donation. A taste of Mulaoye Wine (木老爷酒; Mùlǎoyejiǔ), a kind of local alcohol, is available for ¥5 (in a shot glass), and there is also a free tea tasting area. Allow at least 2 hours to walk explore this expansive complex and do wander off into the side courtyards as it will take you back to the main courtyards. If you are visiting Wangulou, exit the Lion Hill Park from the south exit which leads you right into the back entrance of Mu Palace. Entry fee is ¥45 (May 200909), and the non-posted student price is ¥20.  edit
  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山; Yùlóngxuě Shān), (15km from Lijiang. Mules can be rented from the nearby Baisha Village or you can take a cable car to the top. Prices vary for the mules depending on what elevation you want to go to. ¥180 to ride to 3800 meters plus ¥5 for insurance. ¥300 to 4200 meters. ¥350 to 4600 meters. If you pay for the lowest elevation you might be able to bargain with the handlers when you reach the end and continue to the higher elevations for a lower price. Passengers over 100 kg might have to pay a surcharge. Tickets for the cable car cost ¥170 round-trip). A mountain massif (also identified as a small mountain range) visible from Lijiang and capped all year round. Its highest peak is Shanzidou (扇子陡; Shānzidǒu) at 5,596m. The view of the massif from the gardens at the Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang is noted as one of China's finest views. The far side of the mountain forms one side of Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡; Hǔtiàoxiá). Entrance to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain ¥190, which only seems to be collected when entering from the Lijiang end.  edit
  • Black Dragon Pool (黑龙潭; Hēilóngtán), (About 1 km from Square Street). 8AM-5PM. Free, but you have to show your receipt of the Old Town Preservation, which costs ¥80.  edit
  • Naxi Concert Hall. 8PM-10PM. Enjoy the traditional Naxi music Culture Show performed by the Naxi Orchestra, which includes some 70-90 year old men. The music itself is a combination of traditional Chinese music dating back to the Tang dynasty and local instruments and flavours. The music is well performed, however be prepared for long explanations of its musical history in Mandarin between each piece and the sometimes self-serving comments of Xuan Ke the Director. While the Naxi Ancient Music group of Lijiang is famous and well promoted, there are other excellent classical Chinese music groups playing in Lijiang's parks (for ¥10) or at weddings or house-warmings all over Yunnan. ¥ 120-160.  edit
  • Float styrofoam boats. Along the main streams are girls selling candles that float on delicate flower-shaped styrofoam boats. Tourists can purchase one, make a wish, and send their candle down the waterways. Late in the evening after groups have had significant amounts of alcohol you can see many floating candles sailing down the waterways. If you are environmentally conscious and have reservations about sending styrofoam downstream do not worry. There is a net, far down the waterway, that catches the boats. The girls just go down, pick the boats up, and re-sell them the next night. ¥10 (December 2007).  edit
  • Biking. Rent a bike downtown, eg at Ali Baba's near Mao Zedong's statue, and see the sights. Ali Baba's will give you a handmade map of smaller surrounding towns that capture the quaint styles of Lijiang without the heavy tourism and the tacky souvenir shops. There are at least three towns, ranging from converted hippy communes to remote farming villages. There is a beautiful remote Buddhist monastery at Puji Mountain which is worth the 30 minute hike. There is also a Tibetan village labeled on the map but is hard to find, so ask Ali Baba for directions. Most of the terrain around Lijiang is level and the roads have only light traffic. These small, non-touristy towns and other sightseeing destinations can be reached within a 20 minute ride. About ¥15 per day including a bottle of water and a lock.  edit
  • Walk the canal path. To get to the Black Dragon Pool you can walk the canal path north near the main water wheel. It will take you to the south entrance of the park. The north part of the park is free and you can get there by walking around the south entrance and keep heading north. You should reach a street with the main entrance to the park. Keep going north and you will see a small bridge that leads to a large white building. The white building is the Dongba Museum, everything north of that is free. If the guards bother you at the gate, just walk back to the street and keep walking north and there will be another path to get in to the free part with no gates or guards to bother you. Further north of the park is a local college, and northwest of that is a small reservoir. The reservoir is a good place to take photos of the snow mountain when it is visible. On hot sunny days in the summer there will be lots of locals swimming there in the afternoon. At the local college you can find students to help you. The English building is the large pink one just right after you enter the south entrance. There is a student run cafe that is open in the evening from 6:30PM-10PM in the "butterfly" building, which is opposite of the English building. As of 2007 the school has an English corner every Thursday after lunch (~1PM), and after dinner at ~5:40PM. The English corner is so-so, but it is a great chance to ask students about where to go, and cheap transportation. Many of them are from other places in Yunnan.  edit
  • Visit Naxi villages. If you would like to visit some of the Naxi villages in the hills surrounding Lijiang, you can rent a small van to take you around for ¥100-300, depending on the driver and how much Chinese you speak. There are regular minivans on Shangrila Road, the main road on the west side of town, wich take locals to and from the villages. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a mini-van to go back to Lijiang after 5PM if you do not make arrangements with the driver who took you there. The regular one way mini-van fee is ¥2 to Shuhe, and ¥3-5 for villages farther north (2007). It is highly recommended to ask a student at the local college on where to find the mini-busses and the prices of the village you want to go. Many drivers will try to rip you off if you do not speak Chinese, and the buses are not always easy to find as they look the same as the private "3-8" busses that travel inside the city.  edit
  • Impression Lijiang. A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou (director of Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses. However, the show does not have a plot and is directed towards tourists. Tickets cost 190 yuan and can be bought from the ticket booth in the Old Town (make a right at the water wheels and walk down the main street, the booth will be on your left). The ticket price does not include transportation to and from the theater (approx 1 hour drive) or the entrance fee for the park (80 yuan). There is also an Old Town Preservation fee that the park tries to charge as well, however, this can be avoided by claiming to have already paid at you hotel (and showing your hotel key). Bus 7 will take you to the theater for ¥10 and can be caught across from the Mao Zedong statue, but be sure to find out what time the last bus leaves the park.  edit
  • Dry Sea Meadow (Ganhaizi). The closest chair lift up the mountain to Lijiang. It transports visitors to a large meadow located at 3050 meters. ¥160 return.  edit
  • Cloud Fir Meadow (Yunshanping). From the reception centre which is located adjacent to Impression Lijiang on the Lijiang-Daju road a fleet of buses transports visitors to a cable car which then takes visitors to 4506 metres. Both bus transfer and cable car costs a total of ¥160 for a return trip. From the upper terminus of the cable car a walkway allows visitors to climb past a glacier to 4680 metres. If you make it this far you can have your name engraved on a medallion for ¥30. Allow up to an hour wait for the transfer bus and for the cable car on the way up and down if you don‘t avoid the tour groups. Allow for an hour travel time, each way, in addition to the potential wait time.  edit
  • Yak Meadow (Máoniúpíng). The furtherest from Lijiang at a distance of 60km, this cable car, costs ¥60 for a round-trip. At an elevation of 3,500 metres and the least-visited of the three chair lifts this area offers grazing yaks, a Tibetan temple and a number of hiking possibilities. On the way to the chairlift’s lower terminus the road drips down and crosses a river. A number of yaks are located here where for a fee you can sit on one. Their owners seem to have no objection to visitors taking photos for no fee of the yaks standing in the river with awesome Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. You can also access Yak Meadow by hopping aboard bus 7 across from the Mao Zedong statue which will take you to the Impression Lijiang Theater for ¥10. At the theater there is a ticket booth to the left of the show entrance which sells tickets to both Spruce Meadow and Yak Meadow (¥80) and provides a tour bus to and from the cable cars and a cable car ticket. Be sure to find out what time the last bus passes the Impression Lijiang theater or you may find yourself calling a taxi which could be expensive. Also see "Impression Lijiang" info for entrance fees to the park itself.  edit
  • Baisha Village (白沙村). A small village in Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, part of Lijiang city, well-known for its Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range. It is the original settlement of the Naxi people who came to the greater Lijiang Valley over a thousand years ago. Made up of at least 12 smaller villages, the main village is Sanyuan (三元村), which has one main stone street called of course, Baisha Street. It has a typical Chinese "old-town" tourist setup, consisting of a stone paved street with a mixture of Chinese trinket sellers-shops and several quaint cafes to stop at relax, have a drink some Yunnan coffee eat a Naxi Pie and avoid the crowded Lijiang. A great escape from Lijiang Old-town tourist trap, only 12 km north of town, you can rent a bike and get there in about 40 minutes. You should consider staying a few nights, in a Naxi family’s courtyard, no "hotel-Hostels" here. Even though almost everything costs you a ticket price to do in China these days you can do many things here for free! Like hike the local mountains threw the high alpine botanical garden and search for herbs on your way to the Jade Dragon Lake, the backside of Snow Jade Dragon Mountain. Visit some of the temples or traditional Naxi houses of the area before they are gone.  edit


Loads of tourist shops available in old town. Probably overpriced, but Lijiang does not have as many cases of the Westerner price being too much higher than the Chinese price as in many other parts of China.

  • Burned wood carvings - One of the popular local specialties. Quality varies greatly by the individual artist, and prices vary by shops. Some shops do custom etchings of your face (near photo-realism) with Lijiang in the background. Expect to have your picture taken, then come back in a few hours.
  • Yak horn combs - Also popular, with some combs also carved from the yak hoof (the ones with the rougher edge on the handle).
  • Naxi clothing - For ¥5 you can get your picture taken in them without having to buy them. Any shop that has local skirts that includes some with Ancient Egyptian designs is not recommended.
  • Art and writing samples (东巴; Dōngbā) - The Naxi have the only living hierographic language in the world, and shops with samples of it, or of the unique Naxi style art, are abundant.
  • Yunnan Coffee - Coffee ground to a fine powder then added to water, although most contain milk and sugar powder already.
  • Warm Clothing - In the Old Town warm clothing is quite expensive if you are just looking for something cheap to keep the chill out. The road just outside the town by the waterwheel has very cheap hats, mitts, and even long johns. Just turn left at the first intersection.
  • Small red coconut - DO NOT BUY a small red fruit shaped like a coconut. Actually, it is just a coconut painted red and sold for a very high price. This is a scam.


There are three primary types of restaurants in Lijiang: Naxi, Tibetan, and Sichuan. Some restaurants offer more than one type of food. Much Western food is also available, but more expensive. Local specialties include:

  • Pali - Delicious bread that is reminiscent of the Indian Naan.
  • Naxi style fried white cheese - A soft white cheese cut into slices then fried in a non-greasy batter. Served with sugar sprinkled on top and very delicious!
  • Yak's milk yogurt - Has a bit of a different flavor than cow's milk yogurt, but very good. Commonly served with honey, muesli, and/or fruit. Can also be made into fruit shakes.
  • Prague Cafe, (From main square take Easterly road, over a bridge, on the left(?)). The food is good and fairly reasonably priced (given the touristy area it is in) and it has a friendly atmosphere, but the drinks are expensive. Especially green tea at ¥10/cup!  edit
  • Country Sky, Hongye Street, Shuhe Ancient Village (Just outside of Lijiang), +86 888 5178132. Serves both lunch and dinner and offers both vegetarian and traditional dishes at fair prices.  edit
  • Shangbala Cafe, 84 Yuyuan Road (In the old town, stand with back to water wheel stay to the left side of the square and walk to the end of the square to the intersection. Across the street at the left corner you will see the cafe), +86 888 888 5551 5120195 (, fax: +86 888 888 5551 5120195). Serves Tibetan teas, breads, tsangpa as well as Chinese and Western foods. They also specialize in organizing tours and visas to Tibet.  edit
  • N's Kitchen, 2/F, 17 Jishan Alley, Xinyi Street (Find your way to a small square in the old town some people call the grass selling square. The place is easy to miss because it is on the second floor. The entrance is right across SUSAN'S NAXI), +86 888 5120060. A nice place run by a cool guy, Norman. Serves western breakfast, tasty sandwiches, monster burgers, and pizzas. Free Internet and WiFi. And they have very nice bikes for hire. You could also get lots of informations of biking and hiking here. Probably, the best option if you do not want to get chinese food; actually, the view from the balcony is nice and you can chill out a while.  edit
  • Qiuyuege Restaurant, 32 Cunwen Sect, Xinhua Street, +86 888 5125671, 8885211. Serves Naxi foods. Free live music and free Internet and WiFi.  edit
  • Lijiang Gulou Restaurant (丽江古楼; Lìjiānggǔlóu), 49 Yellow Hill Lower Section, Xinhua Street, +86 888 5186923. Serves Naxi and Sichuan food. The best ma-po tofu!  edit
  • Adam Restaurant. A unique restaurant inside the old town. There is no menu in this restaurant. Adam, the owner will only cook when the visitors come in. You only need to enjoy the food he cooks and pay the food as your convenient. It is worth trying for the food adventure.  edit


There are a couple of local drinks worthy of special mention. Lijiang Yinjiu and Sulima (both commonly available in Lijiang) are modern renditions of ancient beer types of the Naxi and Mosuo people and far more enjoyable than the typical bland Chinese lager. Yunnan is famous for tea, as well (though Pu Ehr itself is way down south on the road to Xishuanbanna) and every fourth shop is a tea shop specializing in the length and breadth of Chinese tea, the likes of which you will not find in your average Western Chinatown.

Unlike the rest of China, Lijiang's cafes and restaurants shut down around 11PM. Several of the bars along bar street face each other across the narrow canal. From here singing erupts across the water by opposing teams of (usually) girls. In order to keep the singing going small donations are normally requested from the patrons.

Several western bars are beginning to spring up, notably:

  • Stone The Crows, (In the heart of the old town). Can be found serving at all hours of the night. Irish run bar.  edit
  • Frosty Mornings, (In the new town). Larger western-run Mexican restaurant.  edit
  • New Amsterdam, Yuhe Corridor C-44, 丽江市玉河走廊南片区-C区44号 (Close to the old town car park, next to Frosty Morning), +86 888 5111698. New Amsterdam is a bar/restaurant run by Jack and his wife Xiaoli, where you can watch live football and other sports! They do excellent burgers, shepherd's pie, and sandwiches. Free WiFi and lots of good info on the area.  edit


It is sometimes difficult to find specific addresses in Old Town, the best option, especially in low season, is to walk around town and check put prices and rooms to see which suits you best as there are many different options to choose from (in the winter ensure there is a heated mattress pad or heating in the room as the nights are quite chilly).

  • After Sunday Guest House, (In ancient Shuhe Village outside of town, just follow Hongye road past the little pond and you will see it on your left). Quiet and the people who run it are friendly. Double ensuite ¥60 per night in low season.  edit
  • Be With Me Inn, (In ancient Shuhe Village outside of town, on a side lane off a street with no name that is referred to as ''the bar street'' and meanders along one of the main streams that crisscross the town, it is 5 minute walk from Laosifang Street (the old square)), +86 13708822910 (). Another wonderful option is this charming inn. The owner is a young woman who speaks little English, but is extra accomodating and provides a wonderful service.  edit
  • Dongba House (东巴豪斯客栈; Dōngbā Háosī Kèzhàn; formerly called the MCA Guesthouse, or MCA Dongba House Holiday Inn), 16 Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street, Lijiang Old Town (古城区新义街积善巷16号; Gǔchéngqū Xīnyìjiē Jīshànxiàng), +86 888 5175431 (fax: +86 888 5175431). In a traditional Naxi courtyard house. Cheap but clean. The restaurant has a great view of the old town below. Free internet and free wireless available. Dorms ¥20-30, doubles ¥50.  edit
  • Home Sweet Guesthouse (丽江古城佳家客栈; Lìjiānggǔchéng Jiājiā Kèzhàn), 56 Xingwen Lane, Qiyi Street, Lijiang Old Town (古城七一街兴文巷56号; Gǔchéng Qīyījiē Xīngwénxiàng) (Near Xingwen Primary School in Lijiang Old Town, public transport nearby, 4 minutes' walk south of Sifang Square), +86 888 5188638 (), [1]. Restfully quiet and immaculate, newly built architecture in classic Naxi style. Each of 14 ensuite rooms has a private shower and toilet. Free use of PCs with wireless Internet access. Owner is warm and hospitable, proficient in Cantonese, Chinese, English. Can assist guests with tourist information. ¥120-140.  edit
  • International Youth Hostel, 25 Jishan Alley, Xinyi Street, Old Town, +86 888 5116118, 5102345 (), [2].  edit
  • K2 International Youth Hostel, 1 Guailiu Lane, Kangpu Road, Shuhe Old Town, +86 888 5130110 (, fax: +86 888 5130115), [3]. ¥120-160.  edit
  • Lijiang China Xiyuan Inn, 27 Guanyuan Road, Guangyi Street, Lijiang Old Town (Will be almost impossible to find on your own), +86 13368880039, [4]. Very nice budget place, owned by one young chinese couples. Rooms around a beautiful courtyard with nice corners to sit around, growing book exchange as well as the best Yunnan tea. The (partly) english speaking staff helps with travel arrangements.  edit
  • Luminn (留名客栈; Liúmíngzhàn), Qiyi Street, Xingwen Alley, Lijiang Old Town, +86 888 5128707, +86 13108889313. Guesthouse started by a Chinese young couple who both graduated from English major. There are 10 guestrooms with clean and big bathrooms and big comfortable beds. There is a bar upstairs and a big kitchen and dinning room downstairs. Free washing machine available. ¥70.  edit
  • Mama Naxi's Guesthouse, 78 Wenhua Lane, Wuyi Street (It is best to telephone upon arrival and they will send someone to guide you), +86 888 8881012, 5185930. Excellent friendly guesthouse with two locations in the southeast quarter of the old town. This is an excellant place to share rides with others. Mama not only provides excellent large communal meals but can arrange transport in minivans. Free internet. Fairly clean and fun budget guesthouse that is a favorite for young backpackers. Dorms ¥15, double from ¥50.  edit
  • Mu's Garden Guesthouse, 27 Guanyuan Road, Guangyi Street, Lijiang Old Town, +86 13368880039 (, fax: +86 888 5101188), [5]. Rooms around a beautiful courtyard. ¥120-160.  edit
  • Old Cattle Hotel, (From the bus station take the road opposite, turn left up a stone-paved road beside a stone stream, take a left at the top, and you will be in the old town, the hotel will be on the left). Inside a traditional courtyard building. A bit cold in the rooms in winter, but have lots of bed covers. Doubles ensuite ¥50 (2005).  edit
  • The Yuegulou Inn, (In the golden region of Lijiang Old Downtown), +86 888 5125671, 8885211, +86 13187791705 (, fax: +86 888 5121181), [6]. A historical cultural hotel in Naxi-style, offers 32 standard rooms at various price points. Free internet is provided in most rooms. They provide free airport pickup or dropoff if you stay two or more days. Other facilities include free washing machine, in room phones, flat screen TVs in some rooms and electric blankets. ¥100-360.  edit
  • Baisui Inn (百岁桥客栈), 25 Baisui Fang, Xingyi Street, Lijiang Old Town, +86 13688766252 (). A 300 years old Naxi traditional house renewed in 2004 with a pebble cobbled courtyard surrounded by three wooden buildings. The owner Mrs Ho is a 55 years old Naxi lady who has been living in the old town since she born. As the old Naxi saying says: one Naxi lady equals to 8 horses,the poor lady works all day long in the Inn. The inn is very peaceful,quiet,and good location.Haba a 25 years old tour guide who speaks very good English and Japanesethe, he is a nephew of Mrs Ho, assists Mrs Ho in the inn most of the days.  edit
  • Crescent Moon Inn, 54 Xingwen Lane, Qiyi Street, Dayan (5-10 minutes walk to the south of Siyang Square in the old town), +86 888 8885880, [7]. Opened in 2007 the inn is housed in an picturesque old Naxi building which had been completely gutted, and converted into an inn with 15 large rooms each with a ensuite shower and Western toilet. All rooms (which are spread over two floors) face onto a interior courtyard. There is internet connection in every room as well as a shared computer in a reading area beside the lobby. Rates from ¥160.  edit
  • Lishui Tianjing Inn, 26 Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street, Lijiang Old Town, +86 888 5153058 (fax: +86 888 5153080), [8]. Practical amenities, excellent service, and rooms that are cozy in a prime locale. Experience the old world charm of Lijiang Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rates from ¥208.  edit
  • Lijiang Tianlun Guesthouse, (Close to the main street), +86 10 65187710-110, +86 13401175525 (, fax: +86 10 65187712). A traditional building of Naxi Culture. Opened in 2008, with 24 hour hot water and good English service, kitchen, book bar, tour guidance, Naxi breakfast, airport pick-up. Different type rooms are available. ¥180-560.  edit
  • Moon Inn, Wuyi Road, Dayan (In the old town), +86 888 5180520, 6661073. A delightful, upmarket hotel. Surrounding an open air courtyard the 10 double and twin rooms all have ensuite bathroom and Western toilet. Some have marvellous views over rooftops to the mountains. At night, as the roofs come alive in coloured lights, the effect is spectacular. The Li family run the hotel, and offer a computer with internet connection in the lobby, laundry and meals. Listed rates from ¥400, discounted from ¥200.  edit
  • New Senlong Hotel, Minzhu Road, Lijiang Old Town, [9]. Four-star traditional Naxi palace-style hotel that is adjacent to Ancient Town. Inside the hotel’s traditional setting, modern facilities and services can be enjoyed. Amenities include 214 deluxe guestrooms, The Mushroom King restaurant, KTV, spa, and roof garden to name a few. Guaranteed online reservation is available. Listed rates from ¥1,080, discounted from ¥360.  edit
  • Banyan Tree, Lijiang, Yuerong Road, Shuhe Old Town. Tel: 0086-0888-5331111. [10]. For those with deep pockets the Banyan Tree Lijiang is possibly one of the world's nicest hotels with rooms at 3,000++ Yuan per night (price of Apr 2008). Placed way out in the middle of farmland, this hotel is quiet, peaceful, and from afar looks like a fortress village. The "rooms" are small villas built in traditional farmhouse architecture, comprising of a bath, study and bedroom with a direct view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a private garden, patio, and an outdoor jacuzzi. The food here is mediocre but the prices are comparable to the touristy parts of the old town with meals costing 30-40 yuan. However the water is outrageously expensive with a bottle of Perrier setting you back a staggering 45 yuan, making it more expensive than a glass of wine (38 yuan). A taxi is required to get to and from the hotel (10-15 yuan to the old town). (current Nov 2006) NOTE: This hotel is quite far from the center of Lijiang city.
  • Guanfang Hotel. Although not located in the old town (it's in the new city), you can get a taxi ride from this hotel to the old town's entrance for a reasonable fee (less than 10 yuan - US$1.50). Guanfang hotel is actually part of a hotel-chain owned by a Yunnanese hotelier group - it has "Guanfang hotels" in other cities in Yunnan province. The Lijiang Guanfang hotel is built to a resort (bungalow) style. The hotel ground area is very big and you have to walk quite a distance from the hotel lobby to your assigned bungalow (containing a number of rooms). But the rooms are pretty spacious and it's beautifully set and are between 4-5 stars.
  • Qiaotou for Tiger Leaping Gorge - regular bus services are available from the main bus station. You can also take any Shangrila bound bus and have the driver drop you off at Qiaotou. Costs about 25RMB. If you take a Shangrila bus, make sure to ask for the ticket to Qiaotou only, otherwise they will charge you the the full fare to Shangrila.
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