Adventures and experiences at Amandayan

Blessed with a magnificent natural setting, a rich cultural heritage and historic places of interest on just about every street corner, Lijiang offers a host of activities and excursions to suit all interests. Amandayan provides the perfect base from which to explore the town and its surrounds, experience the many facets of indigenous Nakhi culture and take in the region’s spectacular natural attractions including Tiger Leaping Gorge. 

Revisit the past

As famous for its Nakhi architecture as for its intricate system of canals and bridges, Lijiang Old Town is an atmospheric Unesco World Heritage Site together with Baisha and Shuhe Old Towns nearby. Travel back in time while wandering their cobbled streets, then venture farther afield to explore Baoshan Stone Village, peaceful Shaxi, remarkable Dali with its Three Pagodas and Erhai Lake, and mythical Shangri-La where Songzanlin Monastery touches the sky.


Natural wonders​

Home to over 17,000 species of plants and over half of China’s birds and mammals, Yunnan is famed for its biodiversity and extraordinary natural beauty. Take the cable car up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for breathtaking vistas in all directions, then admire its highest peak reflected in Black Dragon Pool just north of Old Town. Hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge alongside the rushing Jinsha River, birdwatch on Lashi Lake and horse ride through meadows of wild flowers.


Cultural insight

The Nakhi’s Dongba religion is based on harmony between man and nature. Every afternoon, join local experts to learn Dongba calligraphy, make traditional Zodiac figures from barley, paint in the colourful Thangka style and practice traditional Dongba paper making. Architectural tours of the Old Town can be arranged, and don’t miss the outdoor spectacle that is Impression Lijiang directed by Zhang Yimou.


Colourful festivals

Lijiang’s harmonious fusion of cultures and religions means festivals throughout the year from the flower bedecked Bangbang Festival and the feasting and dancing of Sanduo in honour of the local protective deity, to Shangri-La’s legendary horseraces and the celebration of heat and light that is the mid-year Fire Torch Festival.


Culinary discovery

Savour a traditional Nakhi hotpot at Man Yi Xuan or a traditional tea tasting including the finest Yunnan Black Tea and aged Puer Tea at the Tea House. In season, usually between June and September, hunt for Matsutake mushrooms in the rain scented forests of Heqing, then feast on these revered delicacies in a farmhouse lost in time.

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