2005-08-05

  Lijiang

Jianchuan stengrottan * Naximuseet * Yulong (Jade Dragon) 35km N.

What to see / visit ?

Jade Spring Park (Heilongtan Park)

Dry Sea (Ganhai)

Lijiang Murals

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Lugu Lake

Naxi Ancient Music

Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Plateau)

Old Town

Residential Houses

Tiger Leaping Gorge

White Water River

Yufeng Temple

Stone Drum and the First Bend of the Yangtze River

  • The old town : (5), you never get tired of it... / Take the time to explore it, off the tourists streets. For a good panoramic view of the traditional houses roofs, get up the street on the right of the Old Market Square for 50 meters then turn left. You can also climb up to the Park.

  • [8] Xuan Ke Museum : (4), Free / If Mr. Xuan Ke is around, do not miss this interesting Naxi cultural opportunity

  • [11] Naxi orchestra performance : (5), Y35, 1h30, 8pm / A unique cultural experience that is becoming a bit too touristy for some travelers... 

  • Hei Long Tan Park (Norr) : (2), Y20, Exp /A rip off for Chinese tourists, even so the place is relaxing (but so is the old town !)

  • The countryside : (4), half a day to one day / Take a bike and explore, preferably to the North toward : (Puji Temple 5km - Fuguo Temple 8km)

  • Baisha (8km) : a tiny village with Ming Dynasty Naxi & Tibetan frescoes at Dabaoji Hall, Liuli Temple and Dadind Pavilion

  • Yufeng Monastery (14km)  5Y : a small lamasery built in 1756 around the famous 500 years old 10,000 Blossoms Camellia Tree. The tree is covered with thousands of flowers from Feb to April.

Where to stay ?  Get precise info, book online and save money !  >> Hostels

Most of the backpackers will prefer to stay within the old city. The charm of the place and the lay out of the guesthouses are indeed strong arguments. But this come with a price and during the high season, it is better to arrive early...

In the old city : All the below places are traditional Naxi Houses which means a two floor wooden building around an attractive garden or restaurant. A nice place to relax until you go to the toilet as they are nearly all "Chinese style". Attached bath are unheard of in Lijiang for budget prices...

  • Dongba House, "Holiday Inn", "MCA", one day they will make up their mind with the name (517 5431, email: dongba@hotmail.com) / The new backpacker's favorite / Dorm 20 (8), 25 (4) or 30 (3) in clean rooms / Dble 50 / HW 24 hours / Restaurant / Internet (20 perh) / Bikes (15 per day) // Go there for the relax backpacker atmosphere, the nice view from the bright rooms, the peaceful environment, the services. /What you may not like : The bid dorm with 2 levels beds, being where everybody seems to be, having to wait for the toilet or shower as there are only one of each for the whole house

  • Square Inn (512 7487), take the road on the right of the old market square and turn left / A new and promising guesthouse / Very nice Dble 60 (80 HS) / HW 24 hrs / Internet (20 per hour) / Bikes (10 per day) // Go there for the comfortable room, the relative isolation from the busy streets, the relatively correct shower / What you may not like : the HS price, the noise if the 30 rooms are full !

  • First Bend Inn (518 1688) / Dorm 25 (4), 30 (3) or 40 (2) in nice room (HS : 40, 50 and 55Y) / Sgle with big bed 80 (100HS) / HW 8-10 & 19-22 / Restaurant // Go there for the comfortable rooms, the green courtyard. / What you may not like : the price in HS,  the noisy restaurant if busy

  • Shangari of old Town (518 1435), a discreet place with 2 Sgl "bungalow style" rooms for 40Y and Bed in Trpl for 30 / HW from time to time // Go there for being original.

  • Sanhe Hotel (512 0891) / Dorm 20Y in 8 or 16 basic bed's room or 25Y in 4 or 5 bed's room / Dble 80 / Trpl 90 / HW 24 hrs  // Go there if you do not wish to follow the crowd as this place has been criticized by a famous guide book and is therefore quite empty, at least in low season. / What you may not like : the huge dorm with beds on two level, the noise when dances and singing are hold downstairs, the not so nice courtyard.

New City

  • [4] Guluwan Hotel

  • [8] Red Sun Hotel

  • [12] Jiamei Hotel

  • [13] Lijiang Hotel

  • [22] Yunshan Hotel

Old City

  • [2] Lijiang Grand Hotel
  • [6] Sanhe Naxi Guesthouse
  • [9] First Bend Inn

 

Schedules : 

Bus Schedules : To Lijiang

Kuming Long Distance Bus Station 8:40 10:30 14:30 16:00 17:30 18:00  
Kuming South Bus Station 7:30 9:15  
Kuming West Bus Station 08:30 10:00  
Kuming Guanshang Square 08:30 09:30  
Dali (Xia Guan) 06:45 to 18:30 Every ½-hour.
Zhongdian (Shangri-La) 07:10 to 13:00 Every 1-hour.
Ninglang (To go to Lugu Lake) 7:10 7:30 9:30 11:00 13:00  
Panzhihua (Jinjiang) 6:30 6:45 8:30 14:00 17:00 18:00  

 

Bus Schedules : From Lijiang

To Price Type Duration Time Nb Freq.
Kunming 125/115 fast/sleep 8/13 8:10 to 18:30 10 various
Xiaguan 23 to 50 ordi /luxe 2.5 to 4 7:30 to 17:30 8 hour
Zhongdian 28 ordi 5 7:30/8/9 to 14:30 9 hour
Daju 23 ordi 3 8/9 to 13:30 6 hour
Jinjiang 45 ordi 8 to 10 6:30/8/12/14/17/18 6 na
Ninglang 31 ordi 6 7:10/9:30 2 na