Lanterns in Lijiang

3-Day Lijiang City - UNESCO World Heritage Tour

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)


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Amble amongst the weeping willows, stone bridges and cobbles of timeless Lijiang. Packed with lanterns and teahouses, it’s the China that you've always imagined. Nestled at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and circled by pine forests, its setting matches the beauty of its old world alleys. Lijiang is certainly no longer a secret, drawing millions of tourists to its maze of cobbled streets every year. However, if you get up early, you can beat the crowds and wander peacefully through the back lanes in the morning sun and feel lost in another world.

What's included

  • Accommodation with breakfast – based on 2 people sharing
  • Transfer on arrival
  • Lijiang permit
  • Old town protection fee
  • Guided bike tour

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Arrival in Lijiang

When you arrive in Lijiang, you’ll be transferred into the heart of the ancient city centre. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site free of traffic; you can amble through the pedestrianised streets without the honking of a thousand horns. You’ll stay in a traditional hotel with a terrace to relax on.

Arrival in Lijiang

You can spend the rest of the day exploring Lijiang, sifting through the souvenir shops and stopping at traditional teahouses. As you wander, you’ll see the Naxi who live in a matriarchal society where women rule the roost and are the last living people to use hieroglyphics. The centre of Lijiang is a tangle of canals, stone bridges and cobbled alleys.

Lijiang - Countryside bicycle tour

Today, you’ll take a bike ride through the gorgeous countryside surrounding Lijiang, with snowy peaks towering in the distance. First, you’ll reach the traditional Naxi village of Baisha, where you take a walk through the tiny cobbled streets. You’ll also visit Dr Ho, a legendary herbal practitioner who will invite you in for tea and show you the newspaper clippings about himself.

Lijiang - Countryside bicycle tour

In the early afternoon you’ll arrive back in Lijiang where the rest of the afternoon is free. We recommend taking a trip to Black Dragon Pool Park, one of the most photographed places in China and as soon as you arrive you’ll understand why. Around the lake, you’ll find temples, museums and souvenir stores, so it’s a great place to spend the afternoon.

Couple sitting by temple

Lijiang - Departure

Today, you’ll can read a book in the sunshine and relax in the courtyard of your hotel before check out. Then you’ll grab your luggage and hit the road again, continuing your journey through China.

Couple posing in front of mountains

Lijiang – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

An hour from Lijiang, you’ll stumble upon the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, reaching a height of 5,500 metres. If you’re eager to explore the mountain, you can spend an extra night in Lijiang and head to the slopes by cable car during the day with a guide. Nowhere else in the world will you climb as quickly and to such heights as in these cable cars. Oxygen bottles can be purchased at the foot of the gondolas.

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Lijiang – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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