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Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang, China
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Ranked #3 of 70 attractions in Lijiang
Type: Historic Sites
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New York City, New York
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113 reviews 113 reviews
69 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you are looking for old culture you will not find it here. It is very commercial and more for a weekend spot with the Chinese as it has many restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping. Having said that it is still worth it and is enjoyable.

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Shanghai, China
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Unfortunately this place has been overly Xintiandied. It is a tourist trap in the purest sense of the word with absolutely no resemblance to anything authentic. Bongo drums...give me a break!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I didn't see an old town, only souvenir shops, hostels, and cafe. Spent a half day to walk through the complex, and concluded that it is no difference with any Chinatown in other countries. Not recommended. If you want to see an old town, better go to Shaxi, which is located just 3 hrs drive from Lijiang. And visit it... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Very historic old town which is very busy in the evening, much quieter during the day. It has the usual load of shops, restaurants and bars.Shuhe old town is about 10 mins.away by taxi and is even more authentic since here there are no large hotels or high rise apartment blocks.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Lijiang has gotten so popular it is difficult to appreciate the original quality of the place, which still survives if you visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive, up to 30,000 visitors daily. To help visualize the town have a look at some movies on YouTube that were shot in 1997. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLke86NFI6R8zuZ8dQWdt_vrh4ZSbVdgnX Although the town has changed, these... More

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Beijing, China
3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

It's nor a good place to go, to much people and the bar play lord music. lot of women came to me ask for horse ridding and local tour. the town just like a super market.

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Ko Samui, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Almost of the houses there are hostel/GH and shops. Quite busy and food is very expensive. After walked around, I think I explored all of this town already since I kinda get lost so I walked here and there , took a bus around side to side. I enjoyed the architecture but did not like that it was so busy.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

In the footsteps of the Jade Dragon Mountain, with fresh water channels throughout the ancient town, one can find most wonderful place with a lot of music, restaurants, coffe-shops and shops.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

When I first saw Lijiang Old Town in 1992 it was quite special, ancient, beautiful, still inhabited by the Naxi people who built it, but also run down, poor, badly in need of repair. Views to the North were dominated by the magical peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. In 1996 a devastating earthquake destroyed two thirds of all... More

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

To be fair, I was only in Lijiang ancient town for a few hours. I found it overwhelming--crowded and too many shops. I found it to be a bit overdone with many staff dressed in costumes. The streets bend around and I got misplaced a few times, ending out where I had started instead of where I was going. I've... More

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