Revisit the past
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 and mythical Shangri-La where Songzanlin Monastery touches the sky.
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, hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge alongside the rushing Jinsha River, birdwatch on Lashi Lake and horse ride through meadows of wildflowers.
The Nakhi’s Dongba religion is based on harmony between man and nature. Every afternoon, join local experts in Wenchang Palace to learn Dongba calligraphy, make traditional Zodiac figures from barley, paint in the colourful Thangka style and practice traditional Dongba paper making. Don’t miss the outdoor spectacle that is Impression Lijiang.
Lijiang’s harmonious fusion of cultures 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.