Lijiang, a pure land forgot by God

With its splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture Lijiang becomes a unique attraction in China. I had imagined a picture in my mind before I went there. The streets, local people and buildings lied peacefully, shimmering under the sun. there were intoxicating songs spreading from old stores. I arrived there only to find that how limited my imagination was. I had never found a fairyland like the way Lijiang was. It was far from the bustling metropolises and like a pure land forgot by the God.


I originally thought that Lijiang refers to the Old Town which was an essential part of the whole city. In the 800 years from the Southern Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, the local governors and their subjects inhabited this city which has an advantageous geographical location not requiring a city wall. They created the famous Dongba Culture and the Naxi Ancient Music, and left a large group of unique Naxi buildings in this area.

We visited the Black Dragon Pool in the center of the Old Town. I was deeply impressed by the charming town and the locals’ quiet life, much like the meandering streams that wind through the town. The atmosphere inspired me to slow down my steps and couldn’t help immersing myself in the fairyland.

We visited Mu’s Residence (Mufu), once the palace of the supreme ruler Chieftain Mu of the area, was reconstructed by the World Bank in 1996 in the northwest part of Old Town. For those enjoying the splendid architectural heritage of ancient Lijiang, it was absolutely the best place. Due to the limited time, it was regretful that I only visited this two scenic spots. I am looking forward to another visit to Lijiang.

If you want to visit Lijiang, I suggest