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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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Gainesville, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

In a country that is the midst of a maddening modernization drive, one may have difficulty in finding a town that has a such a high concentration of ancient buildings, unscathed by wars, turmoils in the last hundreds of years. The style of the buildings is nominally of Naxi minority who mostly lives at the southwest frontier of China, but... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Horrible. The town was damaged by earthquake a few years back, and someone gave them terrible advice when rebuilding. Every inch in shops, repeating products every 4 th or 5 th shop, and they have a bar street full of What they must think is Vegas style nightclubs with an unbearable noise level.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

As with beautiful spots, people keep visiting. Lijiang is no different. I found the Old City to be full of charm and I am glad I visited. More travelers should sightsee with a native guide and you will get to see hidden treasures. Go to the highest point of the Old Town and enjoy a great view and no crowds.... More

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Hong Kong, China
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Some unique local culture mixed with tourist junk shops. Naxi handmade paper is nice and some of the restaurants were charming. Try eggs with jasmine for breakfast. The coffeehouses have the local coffee.

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Lijiang was nothing as we expected. It was like Aspen Ski Resort meets Disneyland; far from authentic. The architecture is traditional, but everything in old town is brand new. Even the hole in the ground toilets are lined with marble and cleaned every 30 minutes! You wont find an off the beaten path China experience here. The neighboring villages were... More

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Shanghai, China
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I live in China, thus I have seen many Old towns. If you can avoid Lijiang old towd, do so. It is nice, but it is too crowded, too commercial, zero authenticity. I was disappointed. On the other hand, my parents and my sister who visited China for the first time, they liked it :)

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Initial review would expect this place to be a boring old town with ancient buildings and boring museums. But at night, the place lives up to be one of the best party town this side of Shanghai.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

Where to begin? Our greatest mistake was staying for more than one day. In the first day we explored Mu's mansion and walked a few of the nearby streets. We joked how there were so many drum shops to be seen. Little did we know that exploring further on day 2 we would see that in fact all the shops... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

By now I have been to quite a number of "ancient" towns in China. Lijiang Old Town is losing its charm at a fast rate as it gets commercialized very rapidly. There are even MacDonald's and KFC in the town. What used to be just red lanterns has turned to modern lightings. The nights are very busy with many singers... More

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Tamworth, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The old city was charming. Beautiful cobbled streets, narrow and winding through the town. Three canals also wound through the town. Lots of places to eat and drink. Lots of shops. Plenty of opportunity to watch the world pass by. Worth a visit.

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