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!
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
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!
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!