Xizhou Ancient Town

Xizhou Ancient Town is located 18 kilometers north of the ancient city of Dali, facing the Erhai Lake in the east and Cangshan Mountain in the west. Xizhou Ancient Town is an important town where the Bai people live. There are the best-preserved and best buildings of the Bai people. These folk houses are decorated with carved beams, overlapping arches, angled cornices, gatehouses, photo walls and gables. The colorful decorative arts of the houses fully reflect the architectural talent and artistic creativity of the Bai people.

Xizhou Ancient Town is famous for Yang Pinxiang’s House, Yan Family Courtyard, Hou Family Courtyard, etc. It not only maintains the characteristics of traditional Bai houses, but also combines Chinese and Western architectural techniques. Historically, Xizhou Ancient Town was a military center in Nanzhao, with a relatively developed culture, and it had exported many famous people from all walks of life to the country.

When you first come to Xizhou Ancient Town, the first thing you can see is the two big green trees with thick leaves and branches in the village. The Bai people believe that the big green tree is a symbol of village prosperity. It is the Feng Shui tree that the ancient Bai village should have its own. This tree usually forms a group activity center for the villagers together with the stage. The two trees at the end of Xizhou Ancient Town are very old. Whenever autumn comes, there is full of snow-white herons, which is a unique landscape of Xizhou Ancient Town.

Xizhou Ancient Town is hailed as the first town of the Bai nationality. It is the largest community of Bai nationality in China. It is backed by Cangshan Mountain and faces the Erhai Lake. With a superior geographical location, the town is full of traditional dwellings with ethnic characteristics, which are well preserved and it is a good place for tourists to experience local ethnic customs. The costumes, languages, food, music, dances, folklore, etc. which are represented by the Bai nationality, have a strong national customs and historical and cultural atmosphere. They are very valuable for tourists and are the most representative window for understanding the culture of the Bai nationality.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon with a large gap in the world. It is located in the eastern part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge Town of Shangri-La County. It is divided into three sections: the upper, middle and lower Tiger Leaping gorges, with a total length of about 20 kilometers. The Jinsha River rushed to this place, and was smashed by the two snow mountains: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. The narrow part of the river is only twenty or thirty meters. Affected by the huge drop, the river rush heavily. In addition to the majestic natural scenery, Tiger Leaping Gorge is a world-famous hiking destination, and there are a lot of outdoor enthusiasts coming here every year. After walking through the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, down to the river, you can truly appreciate the magnificent momentum of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The most memorable thing in Shangri-La is visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge on foot. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is actually very long. The general tour group basically only ends when it comes to the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge is still a more thrilling section. Some roads are on the edge of the cliff, and they are very narrow. Some are the roads carved out on the cliffs. It is really scary to walk on them. The most exciting thing is to climb the ladder. There is no difficulty in Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge as it is basically a plank road. It is quite spectacular here. The Jinsha River is full of water, and there is a tendency to smash the sea. The sound of the river is so big, and the tiger leaping stone in the water is stirred by the river!

The overall feeling of walking Tiger Leaping Gorge is very interesting, and it is a very good experience. Of course, there is a certain danger in the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is recommended to go there under the leadership of a professional!

Black Dragon Pool Park

Lijiang Black Dragon Pool Scenic Area is located at the foot of the North Xiangshan Mountain in Lijiang Ancient Town. It is also the source of the world cultural heritage Lijiang Ancient Town’s water system. It was built in the second year of Qianlong. Here, the spring is spouting out, and the spring water is clear as jade, so that you can see the bottom of the pool. Not only the natural landscape of the Black Dragon Pool Park is beautiful, but also a large number of ancient buildings which were built in Ming and Qing Dynasties were gathered here: Deyue Building, Wukong Bridge, Wufeng Building, etc. It is really beautiful, you will see the excellent scenery here and there in the park, and cannot help stopping and lingering. The beautiful Naxi ancient architecture and clear water and the snow mountain are against each other, and the blue sky and white clouds and snow mountain are reflected in the pool, to make you fascinated. The acquaintance of Lijiang can also be called the beautiful meeting of people and beauty.

This attraction is free to the local citizens of Lijiang. Foreign visitors can enter by paying the maintenance fee of the ancient town. This is a People’s Park of the Lijiang version. The small lake formed by Black Dragon Pool is the best place for the whole park with the beautiful scenery. You can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Wukong Bridge. This landscape is very attractive to photographers.

To the north of Black Dragon Pool, there are two lakes and a small river. The big lake has a relatively better view. You can sit on the lake and appreciate it slowly. There are a lot of local old people here. Next to the small one there are fitness equipment and gather with a lot of children. More. There is a Dongba Culture Museum outside the scenic spot. If you are interested, you can visit it. It is also free. In short, the Black Dragon Pool park is well worth a visit, even though spending an afternoon playing in this park is not a waste.

Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake in Dali is actually a relatively large lake in Yunnan. Because it is not by the sea, the locals imagine it as the sea. However, the scenery is really beautiful, and with such a good climate in Yunnan, staying here is a great life! Erhai Lake is a landmark attraction in Dali. It is suitable for cycling around the lake. And it is suitable for self-driving. It is about 120 kilometers long around the lake. Cultural attractions such as the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, the Film City, and the Dali ancient Town are concentrated in the West Bank. The double corridor on the east coast is suitable for walking along the Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake.

If you take the train from Lijiang to Dali in the morning, it takes about two hours on the road. When entering Dali, the train will follow the east bank of Erhai Lake. At this time, looking west through the window, you can see the village farms on the east coast of Cangshan Erhai and Erhai Lake. The scenery is from far to close, from high to low, which is very layered. Sometimes you can see the white cruise ship on the blue Erhai Lake. When it is very sunny on the day with good visibility, when the scenery of Erhai Lake in Cangshan suddenly appeare through the gap between the hills next to the railway and appeare outside the window, the amazing feeling is very good while you are sitting in the train.

Erhai Lake is not a sea, but it is as wide and blue as the sea. In the winter, in Erhai Lake, you can also see the red-billed gull from Siberia. Just find a good sea view room to stay there for a few days, so quietly bask in the sun on the side of Erhai Lake, feed the red-billed gull, and you will feel it very pleasant to be in a daze.

Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake is located in Ninglang County, Lijiang, and it takes at least 3 hours from Lijiang. Although the road is far away, it is one of the places that most people think should be visited during your trip to Yunnan. Because it is far away and the traffic is inconvenient, there are relatively few people going there, but because of this, Lugu Lake is quieter and less noisy. The sky here is so blue, the water is so clear, like a paradise presented to you. You can stroll along the lake, you can take a boat into the lake, or you can walk around the lake. There are so many beautiful sceneries waiting for you to discover. Daluoshui, Xiaoluoshui, Lige Peninsula, Caohai, etc. are worth exploring to discover her beauty.

Lugu Lake, a mysterious and quiet lake, is a place that keeps you away from the city and slows down to enjoy life. During the daytime, under the sunlight, the lake is sparkling. You can sit on the lake, bask in the sun, drink tea, you can empty yourself all day without going anywhere and without doing other things, and this kind of coziness is never realized in the city. At night, the stars are as easy to reach, from 20:00 to 22:00 when the moon has not yet risen, it is a very romantic experience to find a starry sky in a dimly lit place.

If you happen to live in a homestay by the lake, when you wake up in the morning and open the curtains, you will find that the blue waters outside the window is clear, then you can really understand what it means by “it is a beautiful day after waking up.” Therefore, if you are tired in the city, please remember to come to Lugu Lake!

Under the blue sky, the Lugu Lake surrounded by mountains is quiet. Playing along the lake, you will find it full of beautiful scenery.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

The best way to go to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is to join a local regular day tour group. Because there are a lot of tourists going to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain every day, and taking the ropeway basically needs to line up, and the queues of team visitors often take precedence over individual customers, so if you go there by yourself, it will be more inconvenient.

The popular cableway in the scenic spot transports tourists from the cableway station in Ganhaizi to the Glacier Park at 4,506 meters above sea level. When you get off the ropeway, along the wooden plank road laid on the glacier, you can travel up to the highest point of 4,680 meters above sea level, and feel the charm of snow mountains and glaciers from a close distance. In case of windy weather, it may be out of service. Please pay attention to the official news.

The cableway station is located at the whitewater river at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Take the Yunshanping Cableway to reach Yunshanping, which is 3240 meters above sea level, and it is a good location for viewing the charm of the peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from a distance.

Maoniuping is a large lawn on the other side of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, about 15 kilometers from Yunshanping. Ascending to Maoniuping, you can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from another angle.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is also very suitable for overlooking from afar, as it is more beautiful than being in the mountains. The overall feeling is that the air is so fresh, the sky is so blue, and the white clouds are so white and lovely. Come to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where you can wash your heart. The scenery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain definitely makes you feel valuable for money, and you will open your vision. The blue sky and the towering snow mountain let you feel that the whole person is free and uncontrolled.

Shuhe Ancient Town

The Shuhe ancient town is sparsely populated, with beautiful scenery, quiet environment, clear water and excellent reflection. The ditch of the ancient town is also beautifully landscaped. The Jiuding Longtan attraction in the town is a must-see attraction during your visit to Shuhe Ancient Town. You can see the crystal-clear water in the pool, where the swimming fish is also clearly visible, pool water and reflection are so beautiful! When you feel tired, at the yogurt shop next to the bridge head, you can buy a cup of fruit yogurt to drink, while sitting on the balcony, and appreciating the white snow on the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which make you feel very enjoyable.

For the Shuhe Ancient Town, lots of visitors feel that it is the most comfortable place. While you are staying at the inn inside the town, you are not required to pay maintenance fees. The inn is cheap and the landscape is good. You can see all the scenic spots, including the sunrise and sunset, and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which all are free. Jiulongquan’s water flows down the village, which is crystal clear, and you can see flowers and scenery everywhere. And you will enjoy the slow life there.

Compared to the Lijiang Ancient Town, the Shuhe Ancient Town is much quieter, which is like a sleeping child, and the adults are not willing to bother her. Along the way, there are full of flowers in front of the house, and the playful bougainvillea always stretch out of the hospital. The grooms are riding horses or chasing the carriages on the small roads of the house. It seems that people are telling the past and present life of this town. The ancient tea-horse roads gathered by businessmen naturally appear in front of you.

At the northwest end of Shuhe, Jiuding Longtan, Qinglong River and Shuhe River originate here. The sound of the water is clear and cheerful, and it is quietly secreted here The freshness of the flowers, the smell of the soil, the moisture of the stream, make everything so beautiful here in the Shuhe Ancient Town.

Dali Ancient Town

On the streets of the Dali Ancient Town, people come and go, and almost every store in every street, there is a lot of visitors. However, the downside is that every street, or the next street in the corner, it is too repeatable. You can see a lot of flower cake shops, the jewelry stores, the clothing store selling the same clothes, the tea shop selling the same tea; and a lot of restaurants, which are really repeatable. There are also many taverns where folk singers are resident.

Indeed, the entire Dali ancient town is neat, standardized, clear in division of labor and diversified in function. This urban area has been very successful in terms of urban planning and construction. On the bad side, too much repetition can make people lose their original freshness, feelings, and even have the sense of boredom; but on the positive side, repeating more can make a deep impression on these stores and these streets. Tourists have long-lasting memories and even can bring brand effects.

The streets of Dali Ancient Town are mostly not wide, and are divided into many sections, and there are many turns. This will help the development of small and medium-sized industries and various shops and restaurants in the city. An extensive road network provides intensive business points and avoids the dull street atmosphere. The increase in small markets has also made young people have more places to go. There are not only newer buildings on the streets, but also some old buildings. The flow of people in the ancient city is enormous. The large population density itself is enough to bring diversity. This promotes the prosperity of its business and guarantees the vitality of the entire city.

When you are having a trip there, for eating in the Dali Ancient Town, it is strongly recommended to eat near the school, you will eat a lot of delicious food which are also cheap! When walking around the streets and alleys of Dali Ancient Town, you will be very fond of the ethnic style of the Bai nationality, which are clean and refreshing without losing the atmosphere.

The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest scenic area is very large. There are more than 170 scenic spots in the big Stone Forest. Many people go there to see the main attractions. Otherwise, if you look at all the big and small attractions there, you need spend more than 3 days. If you have this plan, you can choose the Yi people’s torch festival on 24th June every year and live in the scenic spot. You can not only visit all the scenic spots, but also enjoy the traditional Torch Festival of the Yi people.

The Stone Forest in Yunnan is really beautiful. The first time you see it, you will feel it very novel, the stones of different forms rise up, people can fully use their imagination. There are rental national costumes in the scenic area. The girls’ clothes are really good. You can put on a national costume to dress up Ashima.

In general, The Stone Forest has more people in the morning and evening, and around 13:00 or 14:00 at noon, it is just the gap period of the tour group, so there are not many people, and you can appreciate the scenery. For the first time having a visit in the Stone Forest, it is recommended for you looking for a tour guide to explain the various attractions and customs of the Stone Forest.

There are all kinds of strange-shaped stones in the stone forest. They have their own names, but you basically have to rely on imagination and multi-angle observation to get them. The Forest Stone Scenic Area includes many small scenic spots such as: Dashilin Scenic Area, Xiaoshilin Scenic Area, Stepping Mountain Scenic Area, Liziyuan Jing, Shilingzhi. Among them, the Dashilin and Xiaoshilin stone forest are the most famous, and it is also the place where various tour groups gather. The tour group usually takes less than two hours to take a walk in the large and small stone forest, take a photo and then leave, so there are many people there. There are very few people in the back of the Whistle Mountain.

The paths leading to the hinterland of the stone forest are full of green, making people forget to return. From time to time, there will be a few gray stones with unique shapes that break into your sight, but there is no slight sense of abruptness. The beautiful legends of “Ashima” and the ancient magical torch festival make the natural landscape of the Stone Forest and the human landscape reflect each other, making you intoxicated.

Lijiang Ancient Town

The Lijiang Ancient Town is an alive place, where you can revel in the night; Lijiang Ancient Town is a quiet place too, where you can sit in the sun-filled courtyard for a while.

Featuring blue sky and white clouds, snow-capped mountains, smokers, or style bars, Lijiang Ancient Town is worth going.


1, Don’t go to places that you shouldn’t go, such as chaotic streets, such as chaotic bars. Go back and rest at night, don’t go to those messy places, don’t go to see the fun when there is noisy scene, don’t stay long, and leave as soon as possible and return to the inn.

2, Don’t argue with others. Don’t try to endure others. There is truth, but sometimes you can’t advocate heaven, but you can protect yourself. That is, don’t think that you can use justice to preside over justice.

3, Keep safe all the time when you are in Lijiang Ancient Town.

4, Don’t think that you have spent money, then all the requirements are reasonable. People should think about the problem from the perspective of others, so that’s fin e, and it will make your tour there more enjoyable.

5, There are many foreigners, most of the shops are opened for foreigners, and they are hospitable, and good to contact, so don’t be afraid, there are not so many bad people.
6, Anti-fraud guide:

Low-cost inn: Unlicensed drivers use the reason that their relatives open an inn in the Ancient Town to cheat you. Usually, such inns feature low prices and poor conditions, with the main purpose of earning high rebates.

Low-cost chartered car: The Unlicensed drivers uses the low-cost chartered car as a bait to attract you to take the car. After getting on the car, he has enough time to flicker you to go shopping, go to bad scenic spots, and eat high-snap local specialties. So you should keep an eye on this kind of unlicensed car drivers.

Black Dragon Pond Park and white sand murals need to pay 80 Yuan for the maintenance of the ancient town, which is generally collected by the inn, hotels, etc., and it can also be purchased at the gates of the ancient town and the ticket offices of various scenic spots (when playing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area, Mufu, Black Dragon Pool Park, etc., generally You will be asked to show the receipt of the maintenance fee of the ancient town).