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- Visited here in 2015 and always wanted to come back. So here we are in 2023, back in Lijiang Old Town. This is the main one - there are 2 other smaller ones. We stayed in the the old town so it was just walk out the door and your in it. Cobbled stone lanes which we is really hard on the feet to walk on if you are on it for a longer length of time . Lots of souvenir shops and tea shops. Another thing we came back for was to buy the pu'er tea. Make sure its the big leaf ones as that the best pu'er tea.
We did end up going tot he other 2 old towns but it all had similar shops and feel.
Difference from 2015 to 2023, very few foreign tourist - mostly local tourist. English is not a language mush spoken in these areas so we had a personal guide.
Lots of restaurants in the old town so one can choose. Hot-pot seems a favourite but hubby does not like this so we did not try it again. Food wise, just have to look at some pictures on the menu and choose what looks good but do not expect western style food. We had the Naxi fried pork ribs at the same restaurant twice - it was good.Written November 12, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Went with a personal guide, not much English spoken anywhere. Worth is for the sheer scale of what the Chinese government has made this into a tourist attraction. Mostly local tourists too. Reminded me of Huka Falls rapid in Taupo, NZ but with massive walkways and its a bigger rapid. Plus the sheer number of people visited - hundreds.
Pay for the escalator up and down - and its a few l-o-n-g escalator. Think it was RMB80pp or maybe RMB180pp. The alternative is to climb stairs up and down and its a very long way unless you like tramping and climbing - our guide says it will take one and a half hours to two hours one way.Written November 12, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- What an amazing trip. Words cannot describe this experience. It is a must do if in Lijiang. We booked with a local tour company through our hotel. It was very easy. Get the oxygen canisters it makes the journey up much easier. In August you don't need the heavy coats.Written August 8, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- great scenery and in these covid times very few tourists. The natural beauty does not disappoint. The human impact is significant - as ever ugly construction every corner - often cheapest possible then left to ruin. Natural vegetation ruined, standard plants then used to replace them. Its sickening this is happening in 2022. There is an airport now nearbyWritten May 13, 2022
- We went during off season and just after a heavy rain shower. It wasn't crowded at all, the sun came out and we just strolled through this nice old town, went to a couple of cafes and took pictures. Spend roughly 3 hours here and were able to walk from our Arro Khampa hotel. People were friendly and we had a great Yunnan Arabica coffee and snow mountain shaped mousse cake. People were generally friendly and it was a nice way to unwind, having arrived on the same day from Dali. Maybe not quite as picturesque as Lijiang UNESCO Old Town but still worth a visit.Written September 21, 2021
- Took shuttle bus and stopped at several spots along the way. Lots of weddings going on, nice cafes and area to explore. You can also rent a bike to cycle halfway around the lake and back.Written September 24, 2021
- This is a cool little place. Quiet, not crowded. Lots of character. A couple good western restaurants and a few bars. Great views of mountains and farms. Around two hours from Dali by van.Written January 9, 2023
- The gates open at 8am, but you can walk around the lake earlier for a first impression. Inside it is well cared and organized; various bamboo, flowers and plants, the beautiful lotus leaves and flowers are very photogenic. Nice to see the morning rituals of the locals, it seems as if everyone has their own area. Definitely a nice city park. Wonderful to walk there, and to start your day... There are several tea houses, where Yunn Coffee is the hippest.Written August 12, 2022
- I’ve seen beautiful rice terraces in Bali and the Philippines. Vietnam has them too. What sets this apart is really the unique conditions in the winter season. From December to March the fields are water filled and reflect the light from the sun as well as the clouds. The place is very foggy which is why the Hani people chose the area. The fogs provide moisture. When conditions are perfect, you get an ocean of clouds but also sunlight which creates orange and reddish hues in the water at sunrise and sunset. On other days you just get fog or sunlight. The first day I was there it was foggy. The second day we had beautiful weather. Some photographers will stay a week to try and get perfect conditions. At minimum I would stay 2 nights to ensure a chance of better weather. I was told it’s nice in Autumn as well but in spring or summer it’s probably not very different from other rice terraces.Written December 4, 2023
- We stayed in Dali Ancient Town and loved it. Many good restaurants to eat including some top notch western options. You can get pretty much any type of Chinese cuisine here as well and there are many cool bars throughout. The area around the tower in the middle gets quite busy midday and stays lively well into the night. If you want to avoid the crowds you can usually go a side street over and still enjoy it. It is free to enter the ancient town area but you have to show your health code in some areas. The South tower and rebuilt wall had a lantern and light display in July 2021 and that was 40 yuan to enter.Written July 24, 2021
- Cangshan is very magnificent, and the scenery looks very, very magnificent. The clouds on Cangshan are thick, and there are many hiking activities to do in Cangshan. You can also go to Cangshan to pick mushrooms, which is very interesting.Written July 28, 2023
- Yes, there's lots of people at the Stone Forest but often concentrated in few areas. If you have time, spend it off the beaten path and just walk the entire park. So many cool rock formations and things to marvel at. Photo ops everywhere as well and it is a UNESCO site for a reason. We spend roughly 3 hours in the parkas part of a private tour and still felt there was plenty to explore that we hadn't seen. Tip: Mornings are less busy compared to afternoon. About a 90 min drive from Kunming.Written September 22, 2021
- Breathtakingly beautiful. Even in the wet weather it provided an incredible atmosphere.
Following on from the Pagodas there are temples which enable you to walk and explore for miles.Written April 7, 2023
- This show is excellent. The costumes of the actors is very interesting and the story telling is very visual. The back drop of the Jade Dragon snow mountain add to the atmosphere of this exciting show.Written April 5, 2023
- This park is very beautiful. It is well kept and the Pagodas in the park add to the beautiful scenery. On a clear day you can see Jade Dragon snow mountain which make this park a special place to visit.Written April 5, 2023
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