Shuhe Ancient Town of Lijiang China

Shuhe Ancient Town of Lijiang China

Shuhe Ancient Town (or city) is located in the city of Lijiang and less than 10 minutes by taxi from the ‘Old Town of Lijiang’ which is at the center of the city. It’s a place where you can easily find yourself forgetting what year you are in, as you walk along the original cobblestone streets and admire the old architecture while quite often running into locals still dressed in traditional clothing.

Lijiang Ancient City (Old Town) is very well marketed and well known, so it’s very busy and very touristy. Shuhe Ancient City has a far more authentic feel than the Old Town, being not so commericialised and not so busy. It’s an easy place to relax and stroll around while really taking in the China of old. read more

Jade Water Village in Lijiang

Jade Water Village in Lijiang

The Jade Water Village is located where a water spring exists at the base of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and this spring is scared to the local Naxi people. It is also the place where a famous American explorer/author/botanist, Joseph Rock, lived for many years. Now it is home to a large village including temples, traditional homes of the Naxi people, a theatre, and exhibits presenting the Naxi peoples Dongba culture.   

Photo below is of traditional paintings which stretch across four walls telling an ancient story of the Naxi people and the formation of their culture and the development of their love for nature. read more

Black Dragon Pool – Jade Spring Park in Lijiang

Black Dragon Pool – Jade Spring Park in Lijiang

The Black Dragon Pool is one of the must visit places in Lijiang. The pool (or pond) is located in the Jade Spring Park in Lijiang, which is often referred to as Heilongtan Park, which is located at the foot of Elephant Hill.

The park contains many temples, pavilions and beautiful ancient architecture, including it’s bridges which lead you into the stunning pavilions. It’s an incredibly peaceful place and well worth allowing some time to relax, wander and enjoy.

The photo below is of the Moon Embracing pavillion, on a perfect day the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen clearly in the distance and the water of the pool shows it’s true jade green color. Even on a not so perfect day, such as when this shot was taken, it is still a stunningly beautiful place to be! read more

Accommodation in Lijiang: Sleepy Inn Lijiang

Accommodation in Lijiang: Sleepy Inn Lijiang

The Sleepy Inn is located in Shuhe Ancient Town which is a short taxi ride away from the more famous part of Lijiang being the ‘Old Town’. Don’t let this put you off though, as Shuhe Ancient Town feels much more authentic then the Old Town and it’s much more relaxed.

The Sleepy Inn is in a traditional ancient style Chinese building featuring two levels and a courtyard. It doesn’t feel like you are staying in a backpackers or a hostel, or a hotel for that matter, this place feels like a home.  It has warmth and charm. I really felt like I was living and experiencing traditional China. read more

Welcome to Lijiang of Yunnan Province

Welcome to Lijiang of Yunnan Province

Lijiang, a small city by Chinese standards, is located in south west China and close to the Tibet border. The city is an extremely popular tourist destination due to its well preserved ancient buildings and it’s ancient local culture.

The main attraction in Lijiang is the area they refer to as ‘The Old Town’, or Lijiang Ancient City, and it’s exactly that, an old town still with it’s original narrow cobblestone streets and fascinating traditional chinese architecture. Many streams run through the old city adding to it’s charm with the water originating from the nearby mountains. read more