Spend two days visiting Lijiang an ancient town located in breathtaking Northern Yunnan Province. Much of your time here will be focused on enjoying the natural scenery and rich local culture.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain or Yulong in Chinese is a 5,596 m. (18,359 ft.) glacier made up of 13 magnificent peaks. At just 15 km. (9 mi.) from the city is easily easily seen, but more impressive as you get closer; and this is how you will start the day! Ride a cable car up to a high grassland meadow, where the 13 peaks come alive overhead.
As you descend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain you will continue to Baisha Village, an early settlement of Naxi culture and visual pleasure of local architecture. The cobbled stone streets rickety old wooden buildings and canals will warm any traveler heart.
The village is also famous for the Baisha Mural painted during the Ming Dynasty, fusing together the artistic styles of the Naxi, Tibetan and Bai minorities into one masterpiece. Another highlight of the day is a local family visit, spending time with your guide as a translator to discuss with a local Naxi family to learn about their ancient culture still in practice today. In the late afternoon head back to Lijiang and visit Black Dragon Pool on the northern edge of town, this beautiful park not only offer an outstanding view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain but al contains many traditional stone buildings and bridges. Making it one of the most visited places in China to take photos.
In the evening go to one of the night pubs or enjoy the evening performance of live Naxi music and dance performance at Dongba Palace (fee is on your own).