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Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang, China
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Ranked #3 of 71 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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117 reviews 117 reviews
12 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Compared to the beautiful countryside around this allegedly 'historical town', Lijiang was probably the low-point of our trip to Yunnan. Unbelievably crowded and busy, there is little to see and nothing to do but shop. The whole town looks like it has been rebuilt recently as well so I don't know how historical it actually is. We had planned to... More

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Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very Commercial place but a great place for shopping ,a large variety of restaurants and shops,among Kunming /Dali and ShangriLa ,this is the best place for bargains and you must make it a point to shop here.

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It's the nice old town but it's much alike tourism place already. There's nothing make me feel this town is "old" but the buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Everything from yaks to wooden tea houses this area is a must see in china many never get this far off the beaten track but it is a shangris las of a destination

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The real beauty of exploring here is seeing Chinese tourists milling around, sometimes so many that you can barely move. Almost all of the old town is a giant shopping mall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

every time I visit the Ancient Town, it's a new discovery. lovely lanes, quirky shops, tea houses and the cobblestone streets which you never know where they could lead… amazing. I love the early morning atmosphere and the laid-back cafes all around.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lijiang has a lot going for it - a nice mountain location meaning cooler climate; 'old' buildings in the city centre; a stream running through it... The only problem is that the amount of tourists running through it has taken what could have been a nice quiet town into a bustle of traders wanting your business. We found that the... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Enjoy the old buildings and infrastructures available there... The Northern part of the old town is better than the southern part. The place is so commercial and crowded, the best time to enjoy the old town is from 6 to 10 am.

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Xi'an, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Besides the old town is very old and hold a long history, it was made up for the mass tourism, overpriced food and hundreds of shops selling the same stuff. Maybe use Lijiang as a hub for traveling to Dali or ShangriLa. I wouldn't waste too much time in Lijiang. Good advice for summer, bring good rain gear with and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I was quite surprised how touristy this old town was given that it is a UNESCO site. All of the buildings are now shops with trinkets for tourists. The buildings and stone streets are really amazing (walk early before the shops open). There is a proliferation of shops selling drums (like bongos) where you buy a CD and drum along... More

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