Black Dragon Pond Park is about a 10 minute walk north of Lijiang’s old town. On a clear and sunny day the snow-capped Jade Snow Mountain will provide a nice backdrop. But even on a day with cloudy weather it is still well worth a visit. The trails around the pond lead you over historic bridges and to a few much-photographed structures such as the Moon-Embracing Pavilion, the Longshen Temple and the Five-Phoenix Tower.
Those with a reasonable level of fitness can also hike up Elephant mountain. However, please be aware that it is a pretty steep climb over many stairs and an elevation change of more than 300 meters. Once you have reached the top you are rewarded with a stunning view over Lijiang.