8 days in Lijiang & Dali Itinerary

8 days in Lijiang & Dali Itinerary

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Lijiang

— 4 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Get out of town with these interesting Lijiang side-trips: Yulong County (Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area & Lijiang Spruce Plain). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Qingxi Reservoir, explore and take pictures at Baisha Ancient Town, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lijiang Lion Rock, and don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip planner.

Dalian to Lijiang is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Dali

— 3 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
On the 30th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument of Shih-tsu Taking over Yunnan and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Weibao Mountain.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dali planner.

Traveling by train from Lijiang to Dali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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