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Lijiang is located in northern Yunnan Province, covers an area of 7485.2 square kilometers with a population of 306,000, among which the Naxi nationality is 168,000. The average annual temperature is 12.6 and the annual rainfall is 900 to 1200 mm.

Lijiang is a town of historic and cultural interest. Besides the scenery, Lijiang's draw is the 750-year-old Naxi town of Dayan. It is the best and last of its kind in the country.

The Naxi people migrated to Lijiang long ago from northeastern Tibet. Their original religion, called Dongba after the name of its ritual specialists, resembles the nature worship and other concepts of pre-Buddhist Tibet. It has aroused the interest of the world's scholars, particularly because the Dongbas' religious manuscripts were written with their own pictographic script.

Naxi men have maintained a musical tradition. The first classical Naxi orchestra was founded under Kublai Khan's patronage, and the music and tradition have remained unchanged for over seven centuries. Naxi women are responsible for the hewing and hauling, marketing, most of the fieldwork, and managing the family's money. Men still retain ownership of the property, however.

The costumes of the women reflect their responsibilities and feature a sheep-skin "seven-starred cape". Frog-shaped, the top is black and the bottom white, representing night and day, while across the center seven embroidered circlets represent the stars of the Big Dipper.

A true matrilineal society exists northeast of Lijiang among the Mosu, in the area of Lugu Lake. There, the house and land pass from mother to daughter, and all children remain permanently attached to their mother's household. Most Mosu still practice their "walking marriage" custom, whereby the man comes to the woman's house only at night and returns to his mother's in the morning. Women manage the household, and fieldwork and men are very much in the background.

Lijiang Tourist Attractions

    Yuquan Park

    Popularly known as Black Dragon Pool, the Yuquan Park at th...

    Lugu Lake

    The Lugu Lake is set in a dense forest between the Ninglang Yi Autonomous County...
    Shuhe Old Town

    Nestled at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 6 km northwest of Lijiang old ...
    Baisha Village

    The ancestors of the Naxi people crossed the Jinshajiang River, came do...
    Shigu Town

    Shigu is 50 kilometers from Lijiang. It was named after a stone tablet ...
    Wangu Lou

    A monumental building located in the ancient city of Lijiang, the tower...
    Baoshan Stone City

    This mysterious Naxi citadel hides deep in the green Jinsha River Valley northea...

Tour Packages

Tour Code Tour Title Duration
Kunming-Lijiang Old Town-Dali Old Town-Kunming Stoneforest & Jiuxiang Karst Cave
8 On call
Dreamland of Shangri-la Tour
8 On call
A Major Discovery of Yunnan
12 On call
Shangri-La Shika Snow Mountain Trekking Tour
2 On call
Hiking from Tiger-leaping Gorge to Lugu Lake
19 On call
Yunnan-The Wonderland
11 On call
The Best Selections of Discovering Yunnan
8 On call
Yunnan Panorama
8 On call
The Comprehensive Choice of Roaming Yunnan
10 On call
Lijiang -Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour-Zhongdian
7 On call

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