Sakura Good Food Square

Yunnan in Lijiang

Snackers should not miss the open-air food market where vendors sell appetising bite-size treats, some of which are native to Lìjiāng. Try the Nàxī kǎo qiézì (纳西烤茄子; Naxi grilled eggplant), served in a boat-shaped crust; tǔ dòu bǐng (土豆饼; Naxi potato pancake), and Nàxī kǎolà cháng (纳西烤腊肠; Naxi grilled, salty sausage) made with pork, fat and pepper.

For dessert, try the delightful Nàxī nuomi tuán (纳西糯米团) a sticky rice ball stuffed with either hóngdòushā (红豆沙; red bean), shūcài (蔬菜; vegetable) or ròu (肉; meat). There are other, similar, open-air food markets scattered around the old town.