Lijiang Ancient City

Located in Lijiang Prefecture in the Northwest of Yunnan province, the Old Town of Lijiang is also known as Dayan Town, it is an intact ancient city inhabited mostly by Naxi ethnic people and covers an area of 1.5 square kilometers.

The Old Town of Lijiang was first built in Southern Song Dynasty and in 1253, Kublai (the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty) was stationed here on his march into the south. In Ming and Qing dynasties, it became much larger. Lijiang is world renowned as an ancient city built in a simple and artistic style and scientifically laid out. The streets are paved with the local stone slabs, which do not get muddy in the rainy season and are free of dust in the dry season. Many stone bridges and arches in the city were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was listed as a national historical and cultural city in 1986 and listed as a world cultural heritage in 1997.

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