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Yes its touristy, yes its cliche, but you will regret not visiting

Wandered the old town by day and by night, for me the best bits were a street or 2 off the main long street between the square and the Water Wheels. Go in knowing that 90% of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wandered the old town by day and by night, for me the best bits were a street or 2 off the main long street between the square and the Water Wheels. Go in knowing that 90% of the shops sell junk and embrace the experience

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's a tourist trap. Too crowded with tourist. No ancient city feel inside. Have to bargain if you wan't to buy something.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Having read enough about how commercialized this old town became, I was prepared for all the shops. Yet I was pleasantly surprised with portions of the town preserved to reveal the ancient culture and living. Recommend to visit late at night, when the bars are open, and early in the morning (around 8:00 AM) before all the shops opens and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

I'm deeply disappointed to see a destroyed ancient city. I can only see lots of shops selling also same goods and smoky food count. I can't feel any ancient sense inside this big mall.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Walk to upper street and sit at cafe to over look the city. Worth wondering around to find the unique artisans but be prepared to be on sensory overload if you're there at night.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

They tried to sell us free maps. Number one purpose is to make most money out of tourist. Maybe it has some hidden gems, we were there only half day and didn't came back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Lijiang is an architectural marvel that has been covered in a tourist trap shawl. If you look at the old buildings and push out the things being sold in the front of the old houses you will still see much beauty here. Go down the side streets stay in a guest house the operators will guide to better parts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Maybe too many shops for my taste, but anyway, Lijang is awesome. The river and canals gives it a nice ambiance. The live music being played in pretty much every bar, the many different restaurants, the local market, the view of the Himalayas from old town... Where to stop? Go to Lijang, forget about Dali.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Its a place you will make the visit whatever good or bad reviews you have read fm TripAdvisor or else where simply because you are here in Lijiang. Yes it's commercialized and buildings overly restored. After 100m of walking into Lijiang Old Town, you start seeing repeats of themed shops, restaurants, travel agencies, small hotels & live singing pubs while... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Out of so many Chinese towns visited, Lijiang Gucheng is different. Yes it is commercialized but does have an atmosphere that is different from the standard Chinese town. Be hippy here. Go for a dinner with live singing. The cost is really not that high. Have a beer that overlook the old city and listen to some guitar playing .... More 

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