Situated in the northwest plateau in Yunnan,
Lijiang got its name from its position at the middle reaches
of the beautiful Jinsha River. The Naxi Autonomous County
is the seat of the administrative commission of Lijiang
Prefecture. Scattered on an area of 7,648 square kilometers,
the population of 320,000 is made up of the Naxi, Bai, Lisu,
Pumi, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Hui, Han and other ethnic groups.
Among them, the Naxi people constitute 57% of the total.
Affected by the plateau wind from South Asia, Lijiang has
two distinctive seasons, the dry and the wet. The temperature
range of the four seasons is narrow. The annual mean temperature
ranges from12.6 C to 9.9 C. The Dongba religion, a primitive
religion, is the common belief of the Naxi people. In addition,
some of them believe in Lamaism. These two religions have
greatly influenced the ideology of the Naxi people and their
social activities and life.
The Dayan Ancient
The Ancient town of Lijiang was built in
the middle of a flatland at the foot of the Yulong Snow
Mountain. It is called "Dayan Zheng" in Chinese, the town
is surrounded by tree-covered mountains on all sides with
crystal clear water running in the middle of it. The town
covers an area of 3.8 square kilometerw at an elevation
of 2,400 meters.
The town was built in the late Song dynasty
and the early Yuan dynasty. Since then, it has been the
political, cultural, and educational center in this area.
For a time, it had been an important trading center for
business between Yunnan and Tibet, China and India. And
now ,the town is a Historical and Cultural Heritage in China
and it has been included in the World Cultural Heritag.
The roads in the old town radiate from Sifang Street (Square
Street) to form a network connecting every corner of the
city. Small squares are scattered along appropriate sections
of the main streets. Houses have been built on the mountain
slopes tier upon tier. "The city depends on water for existence
and water comes along with the city" has become one of the
main features of the old town.
Lijiang Travel Attractions
Lake & Mosuo People
Dragon Snow Mountain
Bend of Yangtze River
Jade Dragon Golf