China, famous for its enormous number of population, is a beautiful country with breathtaking sights everywhere. Because of the rich and diversed Chinese culture rooted in this big piece of land, the tourism industry here has also developed quite well. Since China is so huge, we’ll only focus on a few spots with mesmerising sceneries in the city of Lijiang.
1. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)
Directly translated from its Chinese name (Yu Long Xue Shan), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a well-known tourist spot located 5596 metres above sea level.
With white snow covered on top during winter, this mountain looks as pure as jade and as fearsome as dragons.
Tourists are encouraged to take cable cars up there, and there will be a longer stretch of hike towards the top.
As the elevation is quite prominent, some may suffer from difficulties in breathing or nausea, so be sure to prepare canned oxygen before going up.
2. Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡)
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hu Tiao Xia) is a gorge where its river has an extremely strong current. The mythical story behind this place is about the tiger who jumped over the gorge to escape from a hunter.
Once you’re there, you would see hundreds of wooden plates hanging on the fence, and those are the wishes of the people who has been there. As the strong wind blows, the bells of the chimes would ring peacefully.
Also, if the hike is too tiring for the elderly, there are carriers there ready to be hired. But don’t worry there will be benches provided along the way for people to rest for a while before continuing.
3. Old Town of Lijiang (丽江古镇)
The old town of Lijiang is a cultural area full of stalls and shops for people to walk around. The products sold include food and merchandises, mainly targeting the tourists.
The roofs are mostly built with old grey tiles while the floor is designed to look like stones. Strolling here in the cool weather is definitely comforting!
Other than fruits, you can try out their baked biscuits, which is made of dough, sesame and green onions. They are baked inside these round cylindrical oven by sticking it on the hot walls of it for a few seconds. You even get to eat it with preserved vegetable for a hint of salty and sour taste~
4. Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Lugu Lake (Lu Gu Hu) has acquired its name from the language of the Mosuo people, where lugu means falling into the water while hu means lake in Mandarin.
There is a narrow road near the mountains surrounding the lake, where you can drive your cars and admire the stunning scenery.
Also, there are a lot of animals, including birds, horses, cows and pigs around the lake. If you don’t want to get too near, feel free to enjoy the view from inside the car.