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Lijiang Old Town

Address: Lijiang, China
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Ranked #2 of 69 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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xi an
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

we were there with friends last august and found this is a very nice place to relax .so many shops in their old style.beautiful buildings .many bars with good singers .lot of shop owners hit the drum while selling their musin disc .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This remains my favourite holiday getaway destination in China as of yet. I appreciate the cooling weather and the luxurious greenery. The economical accommodation in traditional houses, the healthy yet mouth-watering local dishes (fresh from their own backyards!), the horse rides on the mountains, the clean, clear streams, combined with free wifi and computer usage + internet surfing. For someone... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Beer in restaurants here are 35-60 RMB, whereas in other parts of China was $3-8. All the shops were selling similar things. Restaurants usually have live music. It is a plus if you want that. but with that, the price of food is usually higher.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Lijiang is definitely a must in China to be visited. But be prepared to countless crowds of tourists, endless shop rows and terribly loud music on every corner. Avoid to visit Lijina during the rainy season (May to September), otherwise you will end up in 24/7 rain and pretty cold weather.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Streams run through the streets of this 800-year-old town, once a centre for trade on the "Tea Horse Road". No cars, just the occasional electric bike or cart. A drawcard for tourists and locals alike, many of the local tribespeople come here . I saw a man walk through the flower-laden streets carrying a falcon on his arm. Sights include... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Things are expensive, targeting on tourists. More stuff compare to ShuHe, some nice cafe. You need to try Maya Cafe which served very good Indian Cuisine, located towards the end of the Old Town. Food sold in the food court were expensive with average taste.

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Somerville, MA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I had the joy of visiting Lijiang in 2009. It was already very commercialized, but still had a few quiet pockets left. Not anymore. Now there is McDonald's and Dairy Queen. Nightclubs with overpriced Budweiser and fake "Tibetan" dancers have taken over the riverbank and spilled into the main square. Only stop in Lijiang if you need to make a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Full of people and shops selling over priced made in china "stuff" Excellent restaurants. Many INNS and hotels, look carefully and if you are a Westerner choose the Crown Plaza (separate review) or the new Hyatt (expensive)! Get only a LOCAL Naxi guide. They know what there is in Lijian.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This place resembles every other supposed old town in China. The amount of bongo shops is quite impressive and I am not sure how they manage to make any money. The buildings are pleasant in themselves and the area is nice to walk around for half a day max.. don't go expecting to see authentic old chinese culture.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Lijiang really has two old cities. The large one seen by most people is on the edge of Lion Hill. I stayed in Shuhe, which is also known as the Ancient City. It's about a 25 minute taxi ride away from Old Town, and it's much, much smaller. I was in Shuhe for four days before I knew about the... More 

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