Old Town of Lijiang

Old Town of Lijiang

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Old Town of Lijiang

Introduction: Brief IntroductionThe Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography..

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Brief Introduction

The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.

Old Town of Lijiang Features


There has been continuous human occupation of the Lijiang region since the Palaeolithic period. During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) it was under the jurisdiction of the Shu region of the Qin State. In the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties it was established as Suijiu County.

In the 13th century AD, during the later Southern Song Dynasty, the ancestors of the ruling Mu family moved their main centre from Baisha to the foot of the Shizi Mountains, to a new town known as Dayechang (later Dayan), where they began building houses surrounded by a city wall and moat.

After Azong Aliang submitted in the 1250s to the authority of the Yuan Emperor Hubilie, Dayechang became an administrative centre. The Lijiang Junmin prefecture was established when the region came under Ming rule in 1382. The prefect of the tune, Ajia Ade, was awarded the honorific surname "Mu" and made an hereditary prefect, a title that was confirmed by the Qmg Dynasty rulers in 1660. The successive Mu prefects were responsible for enlarging and embellishing their centre throughout this period.

In 1723 the Imperial court changed its policy and the native prefect was replaced by an Imperial appointee. The first non-native prefect, Yang Bi, arrived the following year and began building prefectural offices, barracks, and educational facilities at the foot of the Jinhong Mountain. Lijiang County was created as part of Lijiang Junmin Prefecture in 1770, and survived when the prefecture was abolished by the Republic in 1912. Lijiang has continued to fimction as an administrative centre ever since, now for the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County.

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The region is subject to earthquakes, and the town suffered o­n several occasions - 1481, 1515, 1624, 1751, 1895, 1933, 1951, 1961, 1977, and most recently o­n 3 February 1996. Damage to property and loss of life has been severe, particularly in the 1951 quake.


The Best Hotels in Old Town of Lijiang

  • Paradise Hotel

    Paradise Hotel

    Preparatory Four-star LijiangAncient City Price:-

    The Paradise Hotel (Yidianyuan Kezhan) is located a mere eight-minute walk from Sifang Street, the city's main road and downtown area, and a five-minute walk from Mu's Residence-a loc..

  • Lijiang Jade wall Jinchuan Hotel

    Lijiang Jade wall Jinchuan Hotel

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    Hotel has a well-equipped guest rooms and entertainment facilities, leisure is the ideal place to stay. 

  • Gucheng Hotel

    Gucheng Hotel

    Three-star LijiangAncient City Price:-

    The Gucheng Hotel (Lijiang Gucheng Kezhan) is a three-star hotel built in a Naxi Ethnic Minority style. The hotel is located in Dayan's "ancient town, " just a 5 minutes ..

  • LiJiang Sifang Inn

    LiJiang Sifang Inn

    Two-star or Less LijiangAncient City Price:-

    Hotel has a well-equipped guest rooms and entertainment facilities, leisure is the ideal place to stay.---

  • Lan Chong Inn

    Lan Chong Inn

    Two-star or Less LijiangAncient City Price:-

    Situated only several minutes' walk from downtown Sifang Street, the Lan Chong Inn (Lanchong Xiaozhu Kezhan) is known as Lijiang's laziest hotel.Featuring traditional Naxi courtyard styl..

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