One of the "Venice of Asia" with quaint street corners, a system of old canals, jaw-dropping landscapes, narrow alleys… is the perfect get-away for whom is feeling tired of hustle life of cities.
Located in China’s gorgeous Yunnan Province, Lijiang is covered with white snow all year round. The name “Venice of the East” is inspired from its waterways system and famous bridges by Western tourists. Therefore, don’t forget to hire a boat which will ride you around this ancient town to enjoy the simple beauty of Chinese locals here like little bridges and picturesque canals, beautiful boutiques and flower-lined paths... It seems that time stands still right there.
Lijiang is surrounded by majestic mountains, green trees, blue river, ancient roads, red lanterns dangling on the porch. A town still remains its own ancient, tranquil features, though there are changes and changes outside. Entering Lijiang is like a step into a different world, beautiful but strangely nostalgic.
When coming to Lijiang, you can not miss the chance to see Dai Jiancheng, which looks like a giant inkstone from a distance, interspersing with a system of canals meandering around the corners of the ancient town. The light of hundreds of lanterns, the mossy grass gently blending with ancient architecture here gives visitors fresh and peaceful feelings. There are no rooms for busy cars, electric lights, high building with LED bulbs or the noise from the streets, but only the sound from a musical instrument are echoing, all the worries of life seem to disappear here. This town made people immersed in the nostalgic atmosphere that stands still forever. In addition, there are very few western restaurants in Lijiang Old Town, and most of the restaurants only serve traditional Chinese breakfast. For lunch and or dinner, Asia Senses recommends you should go to Yipinxiang Restaurant in Old Town to try the yak meat and sweet yak cheese. They’re delicious! That’s a chance for you to enjoy the original cuisines of Chinese with natural ingredients which dated back to hundreds years ago.
After that, let’s take a stroll through Yuquan Park. This park is gorgeous and great place addition to your Lijiang itinerary. Inside the park there are a scenic pond called Black Dragon Pool and also a spectacular view of Jade Dragon Mountain. This natural destination is true gem to find.
And the final destinations of this short tour is Moc temple - a mansion with traces of a glorious history and Ngu Phuong building - a combination of architectural styles of many ethnic groups, which are considered as typical treasures for ancient Chinese architecture. Every corner, every house or every sound, every smell here, make people imagine that they are living somewhere far far away from the earth a few dozen years ago, where can only be recreated in movies.
Asia Senses hope that this posts help you to know more about one worth seeing place in Asia. Let’s grasp the passport and discover every corner in the world with Asia Senses.