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Old Town of Lijiang - China

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Address: No.57, Xuetang Rd, Dayan Township, Gucheng Dist, Lijiang 674100, China
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+86 888 511 1118
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A fun place to visit

Yes, it is a little touristy but there is a warm feeling to the maze of small roads and canals. The old town comes to life at night. The tea houses are very good here.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes, it is a little touristy but there is a warm feeling to the maze of small roads and canals. The old town comes to life at night. The tea houses are very good here.

Thank John B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pretty much enjoy the surrounding with blue sky , yet the thing to do is get lost don't follow the map and you will surprised by whys yup don't expect

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is no doubting that Lijiang is a most picturesque town, beautifully restored, lovely architecture, canals winding among the houses (ok, shops, restaurants and guesthouses) and Yulong Mountain as a spectacular backdrop. But man is it packed. We only saw about a dozen or fewer non-Chinese tourists a day. But the streets are filled with local holiday makers. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Is this place touristy? Yes! Should you go anyway? Definitely! The town is incredibly beautiful and very interesting just to walk around in for a day or two. I went in with the expectation of this being a horrible tourist trap, and in some ways it was .... however I enjoyed walking through the beautiful streets, eating the tasty food... More 

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Pasir Ris, null, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Going round this nook and corner, you can view a lot of happenings. A lot of shops selling, food and drinks, music corner and many more. There's bar also in the town. Some budget hotels are located in this Old town itself. Lots of things to do and you can get lost going round so many areas. Beautiful nite view... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the ONE OLD TOWN that must see in China! It is so beautiful and well preserved that one doesn't mind paying the conservation fee. The grounds are so beautiful and historic....it doesnt look commercialized or artificial like many oldtowns in china. It has so many architectures that are beautiful. We even managed to catch some shows and musicians... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old town is actually made up of 3 little towns, so the visitor has to be sure which section they are heading for! You could do each section per day, such is the sprawling nature of Lijiang old town. Exploring the old town has to be done on foot, as no vehicles are allowed in. You are greeted by... More 

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Nanchang, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to the Lijiang Old Town. Unlike the first visit, I stayed inside part of the Old Town, but still outside the official Old Town boundaries. I would recommend doing that, if you can find a place that suits your accommodation needs. There are so many inns and hotels, you should be able to find something.... More 

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Tuval, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's way bigger than it looks! we had a great time just walking around. things there are expensive, but you don't have to buy anythings and there are lots of things to eat just outside the old city.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Li Jiang, Dayan old town in late December 2016. Its amazing how the town was built in old times. Fresh water stream from the mountains were directed through out the city to provide the people with easy water access. The wooden architecture is amazing and still preserves the pride of the the history. Dayan is a bit... More 

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