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Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang, China
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Ranked #3 of 70 attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Beijing, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Old Town was impressive and the Big Water Wheel was cool to see. There were so many people there and most of them were tourists as well so they were a bit too curious about us. If you are easily annoyed by people staring, pointing, and taking pictures of you, be aware of this point.

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Jakarta
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I come to this town during china summer vacation and it too crowded but you still could have got away from crowded if you avoid the main street. The most beautiful part is a street along the river bank near the square market. The map that they give is not accurate because there is too many hotel/resto/cafe advertising and there... More

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Modesto, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

culture, the foods were of the local minority, with local handy crafts. lots of jade shopping , and local foods Yak meat was a treat.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Only few years ago I spent two weeks in Lijiang, admiring the old people playing cards, dancing and even playing music in a old hall. Funny and good restaurants where around and for shopping is was nice as I had seen many handicrafts and antic shops. Today it is spoiled with the crowd of thousands of visitors, the shops with... More

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Qingdao, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful place, no doubt, but way over-hyped and over-commercialized. The streets are always teeming with people and at night it's almost impossible to find a peaceful bar or restaurant because of all the tacky music blasting from every corner. An hour or two is all you need to get the basic idea here.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Need to escape the crowds and wander down some of the side streets to really get a good feel for this quaint little town.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Despite the tourists, Lijiang Old Town for me was full of character and interest. It's big and often crowded but like Venice it seems that every corner you turn yields a surprise.You'll come across temples, canals, charming tea houses and hidden galleries as well as sudden panoramic vistas of the district with its villages and mountains.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lijiang has 3 old towns but visiting Dayan is a must ! It is the largest one and there are so many historical buildings that have been changed to be local inns,restaurants or shops.dont forget to write your wish and hang them at the Dongba inspiration at the centre of the village near the windmills. It gets so noisy in... More

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Athens, Greece
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

excellent atmosphere at night. the lighting makes romantic shadows. most of the shops and restaurants remain open until late. walk by the rivers and you may be luck to meet your secret senses. stay away from the noisy and crowdy 'discos' where the power music will destroy this romantic atmosphere. try the bars with live music where the trovadures explode... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you're looking for the traditional old town experience, Lijiang isn't going to provide it. I'd recommend Dali Old Town or Xizhou Old Town, also in Yunnan. There're an abundance of clubs, bars, souvenir shops in Lijiang Old Town though. That being said, I'd recommend staying overnight in Lijiang just to visit the attractions nearby, especially Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.... More

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