Laojunshan Mountaion area has been
part of the Three Parallel Rivers Region , which was
designated as World's Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This mountain region is also diverse in minority groups
such as Lisu, Naxi, Pumi , Bai, Yi, etc. May, June and
July are good seasons to see wild flowers like rhododendrons
in thise mountain area.
The Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County,
another historically and culturally famous town in China,
lies 199 kilometres away in the northwest of Dali.
Situated in the northwestern part
of Yunnan Province and the upper reaches of the Jinshajiang
(Golden Sand) River, Lijiang is a region were the Naxi
people live in compact communities with an area of 7,425
square kilometres. The total population is 301 thousand
people, consisting of the Naxi, Han, Bai, Tibetan, Pumi,
Lisu, Yi and other nationalities. The Naxi people constitute
58% of the total population. The county seat (Dayanzhen),
concurrently the administrative seat of Lijiang Prefecture,
is the political, economic and cultural centre of the
county and prefecture.
The landscape in Lijiang is magnificent.
With the 5,596-metre crest, the thirteen peaks of the
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain flies in the sky like a dragon
of glittering and translucent jade. Hutiaoxia (Tiger
Leaping Gorge) is one of the deepest gorges in the world
with a depth of 3,900 metres. The first bend of the
Yangtze River is well known. The southbound, turbulent
Changjiang River spreads wide and flows slowly to the
north. In the Yufengsi Lamasery, the 10,000-Blossom
camellia tree, about 500 years in age, stands loftily,
giving forth over 20,000 blossoms a year. It is renowned
as the Greatest Camellia Tree in the world.
The Black Dragon Pool (Yuquan
Park) is attractive with a tranquil and clear pond reflecting
the snowcapped mountains, a group of classic buildings
like Deyuelou (Pavilion to Greet the Rising Moon), Wufenglon
(Pavilion of Five Phoenixes) and a five-arched stone
bridge and flower beds which exhibit beautiful flowers
all the year round. The ancient town of Dayanzhen is
remarkable for its excellent layout which conducts a
limpid stream to the gate of every household, with weeping
willows along it. It is a rare example of Chinese ancient
architecture. The legendary Lugu Lake is crystal clear.
Its shores are the habitat of the Mosuo people, who
are regarded as ¡°living fossils" of
the matriarchal society. Up to now the Mosuo people
still keep their unique way of life. Men and women are
not unitied by marriage, yet keeping a casual cohabitation
Lijiang Travel Attractions
Lijiang Baisha Murals
Black Dragon Pool
Ancient Town Of
Of Yangtze River
Naxi Ethnic People
Naxi Classical Music