Guide To Lijiang With Kids – Things To Do, Family Hotels

Explore Yunnan, China

Lijiang With Kids

Prepare to be enchanted by the mountains, valleys, and fabulous food at one of China’s most beautiful provinces…enter Yunnan! With twelve major ethnic groups living in Lijiang and a history dating back to the Song dynasty, this ancient city in Southwest China is rather easy to get to and packed with culture, adventures, and raw nature.


    Known as the Venice of The Orient, Lijiang is stunning!  For a splurge that is worth it, book into the oh-so-amazing Banyan Tree Lijiang. Family villas are complete with outdoor Jacuzzis, stunning scenery, and plenty of grass for free play. The views of Jade Snow Dragon Mountain are certainly a bonus!  The team at the hotel can help arrange anything your clan desires from cots in the rooms to private cars. Be sure to visit the spa!


    Banyan Tree Lijiang, Yuerong Road, Shuhe?, Gucheng District, Lijiang City?, Yunnan Province, China 674100, +86 888 533 1111,,


    Other Family-Friendly Hotels In Lijiang:

    Pullman Lijiang, Website

    The Bivou, Website *Boutique

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Website

    Wu Er Inn - Shuhe, Website *Boutique

    LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang, Website



    The old town of Lijiang, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, offers picture-perfect moments and plenty of shopping opportunities. Be prepared as there are loads of mainland tourists. For a more cozy experience, visit the cobble-stoned town of Shuhe. Stroll the tiny streets, visit the Embroidery Museum, shop local handicrafts, and sip the famous coffee. A backpacker haven, this little hub is full of gems.


    Old Town Of Lijiang, Website

  • THINGS TO DO IN LIJIANG - DAY TRIP: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Visit the renowned outdoor musical Impression Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, by award-winning film director Zhang Yimou and producer of the ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kids will be enthralled with hundreds of horses circling their seats, astonishing sounds, and a spectacular backdrop. Post-performance, take a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain - it's high altitude, so be smart if you have wee-ones in tow!


    Impression Lijiang, Video Here!

  • THINGS TO DO IN LIJIANG - DAY TRIP: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    The drive from Lijiang to the Tiger Leaping Gorge is stunning! Chinese architecture, villages, mountains and valleys in full speed…snap, snap, snap. There are many ways to conquer a visit to the Tiger Leaping Gorge.  Arrange for a hike (from mild to very difficult) or opt to drive to the top and walk the stairs down (an easier option with littlies).  Prepare for awe-dropping views and the power of nature.


    Tiger Leaping Gorge, take a car or taxi from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge (1.5 – 3 hours).  Bring carriers for babies if you are walking down…this is not a stroller-friendly adventure!



Additional Info:​

Want more? *  Visit Lashi Lake – a bird paradise! *  Dali – temples, monuments, and more…oh my! *  Shangri–La – if you have more time, cruise onto Shangri-la.  Prepare to be enchanted.
Lijiang With Kids Fly direct into Lijiang Sanyi Airport (LJG) or fly to Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (KMG) and take 40-minute connection flight to Lijiang.

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