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Yunnan’s Lijiang Old Town a Lesson in Co-existence; Luc Citrinot; Mekong Tourism

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Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lijiang is a unique testimony of co-existence between various cultures, religions and nature. However, mass tourism could alter the destination’s uniqueness. A conservation plan will now fix limits to the destination’s commercial development. The old town of Lijiang, set in an uneven topographic site, is a unique urban structure adapted to its difficult environment. It has retained an historic townscape of high quality and authenticity, according to UNESCO, with century-old architecture blending elements from several cultures.

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