The ancient city of Lijiang is situated in the northwest of Yunnan Province, south of the Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, and at the upper reaches of the Jinsha River.
Lijiang is incredibly rich in cultural resources, home to the Baisha Frescoes (a national historical relic) and "Naxi Dongjing Music" being living examples of Tang and Song Dynasty art, and also Dongba hieroglyphs, the only existing pictographs in the world.
Dayan Town, the capital of Lijiang, was first built at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty. This town is known as "Oriental Venice", or "Suzhou on the Plateau", with water flowing past almost every household, and every home surrounded by picturesque willow trees.
Resources: Lijiang abounds in water resources. The Jinsha River winds its way through this area for 447 km.It is also rich in flora and fauna with over 20 virgin forests, over 800 species of medical plant, almost 3000 species of seed plant, and over 20 species of animal.
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D1: The Old Town of Lijiang-Wugu Building---Mufu---Yulongquan Park---in the evening hear Naxi Ancient Music---lodge in the Old Town of Lijiang
D2: Take photos of the Old Town of Lijiang in the early morning-Yulong Snow mountain---Maoniu Peng-Ride yaks and take photos-Yufeng Temple(to watch millions of Cimellia flowers)---Baisha Mural Pictures-in the evening attend the charge free party in Sifang Street, the old town of Lijiang.
PS: Car Rental fees: 80-100Y per day.
Lijiang Shopping Notes:
1. Do Bargain Hard.
2. The more the shops are far away from Sifang Street or Dashuiche, the cheaper the goods.
3. The goods in 71 Street is fairly cheap.
4. Buy some special food by Sifang Street. The food store is named Liuyatou.