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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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I like Lijiang old town .... But it feels to have become very commercial ... Like the hutongs in Beijing. I keep looking for a Starbucks or Costa as I walk around the old town. Living in dali I see this change slowly coming .... Hopefully it will not be the same as lijiang. But overall lijiang old town is... More

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singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Old Town is well preserved, quaint and lovely. To truly enjoy it, walk up the side streets to higher elevations and you get to enjoy the "real" town with its picturesque little inns and houses. And here you see life as it is - women transporting baskets of concrete rubble on their backs instead of using wheelbarrows! Otherwise, in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

An excruciatingly quaint reconstruction of the old town destroyed by an earthquake in the nineties. Completely ruined by crowds of tourists and, from the late afternoon onwards, appallingly loud rock music from the open-front bars. However, a walk into the quieter parts is not too far and well worth taking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Could have spent hours wandering in and out of the shops. There were bargains to be had, and plenty of quirky shops selling interesting but unusual items. The pashminas were a bargain here, & the quality wasn't too bad either.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were second time in China and every city is huge and ugly. I think they don't have architects there. Anyway, Lijiang is a nice, small and great place to visit. It's an UNESCO heritage and you can experience great time there. We loved the tea and to lose our self on small and quiet streets. Also the food is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Beautiful setting, but after walking down a street, the same stores repeat over and over. If you walk to quieter areas far above the main streets, it can be less stressful. Try not to go when it's crowded, as tourism is their main source of income at peak times and they will try to get the most from you. Sometimes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Its a pity that the old town is so commercial and that they allow Mc Donalds in there... There is a risk it will become a Disneyland :(

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Has been turned in to a modern shopping Disney type experience. Market is really worth a visit, and it is fun to walk around the town at quieter hours - eg early morning. Something to see once.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Quite a beautiful and interesting place steeped in history. However i feel it is too touristy. There is another town near to Banyan Tree Lijiang that felt more authentic and quaint. Nonetheless good place to visit but i don't think one should stay in a hotel in the old town...too noisy and cabs can't go in so you need to... More

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Tangerang
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It was so beautiful. You can feel the ancient Chinese culture and all. There are a lot of shops and restaurants with nice souvenirs and good food. Some store don't want you to bargain, though. Tough life there. And restaurants with menus in English are usually more expensive because they are intended for tourists.

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