What to Do in Lijiang
Lijiang is famous for its wooden houses, its canals, its cobblestone streets and Naxi culture.
Currently it is one of China's top tourist destinations and a list of things to do here would include the ancient town tour, hiking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge and, last but not least, spectacular out-of-town golf on courses surrounded by towering peaks.Read More
Ancient Music and Performing Arts
Traditional Naxi classical music is described as the 'living fossil of Chinese music' and it can be heard at Dongba Palace and the Naxi Ancient Music Center.
The works are performed by an orchestra that includes many senior members.
The music itself is a combination of traditional Chinese music dating back to the Tang and Yuan dynasties and is played on local instruments, some ancient themselves. This is a not-to-be-missed spectacle.
Calligraphy and Painting Classes
Calligraphy and painting were regarded as two of the four skills for a learned and elegant scholar to pursue in ancient China. There are several classes available in Lijiang.
Cooking Classes and more
Cooking Classes can easily be arranged in Lijiang. Start off by visiting the Zhong-Yi market, a bustling Farmer's Market where farmers, merchants, restaurant owners, and local people meet to exchange food and stories. It is not unusual to see local ethnic women dressed in their traditional clothes buying and selling food. Contact Blue Papaya Cultural Exchange Academy for the class’s schedule. They also offer Tai Qi movement and Chinese & Dongba (Naxi) calligraphy as well as many other activities.
- Location: 113 ZiYun Alley Beimen St., Lijiang
- Tel: 86 88 8661 2114
The Ancient City of Lijiang is surrounded by a host of attractive and wondrous sights.
Hiking outside the city is one of the great highlights of any visit to this region.
Some treks last only one hour and some take up to six hours or more but Lijiang's trekking routes feature some of the most striking landscapes found in the world including the trek near Tiger Leaping Gorge and along the banks of the Jinsha River.
Small candlelit floats
Lijiang is the perfect place for lovers and honeymooners as it oozes romance.
A popular activity among couples is to light a candlelit float, and let it gently head downriver.
Ask your hotel desk for information as to where to get hold of a float.
Lijiang Golf Courses
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course
The Jade Dragon is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 3,100 meters above sea level. The weather at this golf course is pleasant the whole year round with sunny days, clean air and mild humidity. Both clubhouse and villa were constructed using local materials to best display their local ethnic flavour. The golf course itself is a 133-hectare, 18-hole, par 72 that measures an amazing 8,458 yards and, when built, was the longest course in the world.
- Tel: 86 88 8516 3666
Lijiang Ancient Town Lake Front Golf Club
Located at the foot of Mt. Wenbi, Lijiang Ancient Town Lakefront Golf Club is only eight kilometres from town. Winding along the lake and with Yulong Snow Mountain in the background, this golf course is surrounded by very beautiful natural scenery. The first nine holes present a mountainous style of golf while the last nine holes are lakeside. It is a great combination of functional design and scenic charms.
- Tel: 86 88 8539 3332