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China: Lijiang

China: Lijiang

story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China

Situated in the north-western corner of Yunnan Province close to Tibet, Lijiang nestles in a small valley below a stunning backdrop of mountains. The old town of Lijiang is truly a ‘living museum’ with a maze of cobbled streets criss-crossed with canals. It is the centre of the Naxi minority people, until recently a matriarchal society, found in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and descended from Tibetan nomads who roamed across the mountains and spread into southern and western China.

The old town and its World Heritage-protected myriad of cobble-stone streets and historic buildings isn’t the only reason to visit Lijiang. Another is to take the short drive to Yufeng Monastery which dates back to 1756 and is a drawcard for its 500-year-old Camellia Tree of 10,000 Blossoms which is guarded around the clock by a monk. Another reason is 5500-metre high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong) which is permanently covered in snow at its peak. Black Dragon Pool Park, and the historic Baisha Village, capital of the Naxi kingdom before the 13th Century, are other eye-catching highlights.

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