Lijiang attractions

Mountain in Lijiang

Yùlóng Xuěshān

Also known as Mt Satseto, Yùlóng Xuěshān soars to some 5500m. Its peak was first climbed in 1963 by a research team from Běijīng and now, at some 35km from Lìjiāng, it is regularly mobbed by hordes of Chinese tour g…
Historic Site in Lijiang

Lìjiāng Old Town

The old town is centred on the busy and touristy Old Market Square. The surrounding lanes are dissected by a web of artery-like canals that once brought the city’s drinking water from Yuquan Spring, on the far outsk…
Market in Lijiang

Zhōngyì Market

Market selling produce, copper items and livestock. If you are craving a slice of old Lìjiāng this is where you’ll find it.
Park in Lijiang

Black Dragon Pool Park

On the northern edge of town is the Black Dragon Pool Park; its view of Yùlóng Xuěshān is an obligatory photo shoot in southwestern China. The Dōngbā Research Institute is part of a renovated complex on the hillside…
Notable Building in Lijiang

Looking at the Past Pavillion

The Looking at the Past Pavilion was raised for tourists at a cost of over one million yuán. It's famed for a unique design using dozens of four-storey pillars – unfortunately these were culled from northern Yúnnán …
Historic Site in Lijiang

Mu Family Mansion

The former home of a Naxi chieftain, the Mu Family Mansion was heavily renovated (more like built from scratch) after the devastating earthquake that struck Lìjiāng in 1996. Mediocre captions do a poor job of introd…
Museum in Lijiang

Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture

The Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture houses displays on Naxi dress and culture, Dōngbā script, Lìjiāng's old town and the dubious claim that the region is the 'real' Shangri-la. It is at the Black Dragon Pool Park's no…
Cultural Centre in Lijiang

Dōngbā Research Institute

The Dōngbā Research Institute is part of a renovated complex on the hillside north of the old town. Here you can see Naxi cultural artefacts and scrolls featuring a unique pictograph script.
Historic Site in Lijiang

White Horse Dragon Pool

Ancient pool still used by the locals to wash veggies bought from the nearby market.
Historic Site in Lijiang


Wooden waterwheel and popular photo op.