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China’s Lijiang achieves new progress by integrating culture, tourism; Yang Wenming; China Daily

The Old Town of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest China’s Yunnan province, has returned to its unsophistication from excessive commercial development thanks to the town’s efforts to incorporate more cultural elements into its tourism development.

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In China, an Underground Musical Tradition Is Under Threat Again; Amy Zhang; Atlas Obscura

Meet the 90-year-old virtuoso who turned Naxi music into an international sensation.

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Top Things to Do in Lijiang Old Town; Jean Wong; TripZilla

Lijiang Old Town is not only one of the 53 World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO, but it is also one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China!

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Ancient town wows visitors with digitized public restrooms; Mo Hong’e; Xinhua

In a matter of seconds, Qian Yafen can easily locate the nearest vacant toilet on her cellphone.

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Fosun Anchors New China Resorts With Club Med and Thomas Cook Brands; Raini Hamdi; Skift

Fresh from its Hong Kong initial public offering last month, Fosun Tourism Group is making good on its intention to use the proceeds to develop two new Fosun anchors new projects with Club Med and Thomas Cook brands…

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Ancient allure survives in Lijiang, despite commercialization; China Daily

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A Story About the Riding Scene in China’s Yunnan Province; Scott Rapoport; Pinkbike

This is the story of the mountain bike scene in three areas of China’s Yunnan province—Dali, Lijiang, and Baoshan. It is about the culture, the trails, the potential, and, of course, the local riders who call it home.

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The Old Town of Lijiang; Zephyrbc; Travel Blog

We arrived in Shuhe, which is one of the three old towns which make up the Old Town of Lijiang, about 2 hours after leaving Tiger Leaping Gorge. The…

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11 Best Cities to Visit in China; Charity De Souza; Trips To Discover

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A picturesque country full of diverse landscapes, cuisine and culture, China boasts captivating cities that showcase its colorful contrasts, from gleaming skyscrapers to cobbled alleyways. It’s a country where you can experience ancient traditions and visit world-class attractions, and spend your time exploring iconic landmarks, meeting pandas and meandering through the quiet countryside. From the Great Wall in Beijing to the UNESCO-listed streets of Lijiang, here are some of the best cities to visit in China.


China’s ancient and modern capital, Beijing is rich in history and attractions. Many travelers come to marvel at the Great Wall of China, while Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and its collection of bustling shopping streets and narrow alleys, called “hutongs”, are just as captivating. Visit the National Museum of China to see one of the most acclaimed art institutions in the country, or simply wander around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City to discover opulent ceramics, artwork and fountains.


One of China’s largest cities, Shanghai is a bustling metropolis that was considered the most important trading port on the Yangtze River Delta.

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Yunnan revisited: on the trail of late travel writer Bruce Chatwin; Thomas Bird; SCMP

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What a difference a few decades make – or do they? Our reporter journeys back to a tourism-free time of wonder

A night train connects Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, with the popular holiday spot of Lijiang. Climbing 500 metres above Kunming, the 500km journey takes 10 hours, making the K9602 one of China’s slowest commercial trains. But a second-class ticket buys you a cosy bunk bed in a carriage bookended by bathrooms and hot-water dispensers. A flask of tea and a good book preceding an eight-hour nap – there are worse ways to travel.

When Hong Kong-based photographer and publisher Magnus Bartlett visited Lijiang in 1985, journeying behind the bamboo curtain wasn’t so easy: “It was like time travel; the only vehicles in the cities were bicycles, PLA jeeps and limos with red flags for officials. The people we met were nervous, often astounded. But the country was untouched.”

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Two Lijiang hotels shut down due to misleading ads; CGTN

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In addressing a report on the deceptive online advertising for two hotels in one of China’s UNESCO World Heritage towns, Lijiang in Yunnan Province, the government has said it will put a zero-tolerance policy into action and prevent unfair competition in order to protect tourists’ rights.

The two hostels in Lijiang were accused of using misleading advertising, dishonorably pushing up online ratings and having low-quality service in the report initiated by a grant from China Central Television (CCTV).

An announcement was made later by the government of Lijiang on Sunday, saying the two hotels – Windflower Snow Moon Hotel and Your Hotel – were shut down and are currently facing investigation.

The screenshot of Lijiang’s government’s announcement online.

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UNESCO Site Lijiang Vows to Stop Taking Advantage of Tourists; Fan Liya; Sixth Tone

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Following a CCTV report on hostels misleading and harassing guests, one of China’s most photogenic towns has promised to clean up its act.

In response to a scathing report on hostels misleading customers with false advertising, one of China’s two UNESCO World Heritage towns has said it will implement a zero-tolerance policy for any activity that infringes on tourists’ rights.

The government of Lijiang, in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, made the declaration on Sunday — the day after state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) accused two hostels in the city of immoral business practices. According to its statement, the government has ordered the two hostels to close, pending an official investigation.

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For the love of China: Romantic destinations in the Middle Kingdom; Lily Wong; Travel Wire Asia

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DON’T limit yourself to beach resorts and Europe when it comes to a romantic holiday.

This Valentine’s Day, scour these Chinese destinations that offer the perfect backdrop for love and romance.

Lijiang, Yunnan

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lijiang in Yunnan has an authentic charm about it. From the Snow Mountains and Naxi ethic villages to Dayan Old Town and the numerous teahouses atop beautiful hilly landscapes, there’s an air of romance in this city which earned it a spot in National Geographic’s latest book, The World’s Most Romantic Destinations.

A perfect place for honeymooners, couples can start at Dayan Town which features quaint streets lined with little shops selling arts and crafts along with intimate cafes and restaurants serving up Naxi delicacies like baba shortbreads and sugarcoated goat’s cheese.


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

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. The city entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 and has since been a favourite destination for culture-minded travellers.

Located on the Lijiang plain at an elevation of 2,400 meters in southwest Yunnan, Lijiang has been since the 12th century an important distribution centre for trade between Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, and is where the Silk Road in the south joins the Ancient Chama (Tea and Horse Roads).

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