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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2015
YNTC Luxury bus from Kunming  (2 Answers)

I have read on the internet that there is a bus service operated by YNTAC using Volvo luxury bus and is non-smoking.
Appreciate if you could help provide answers to these questions so that I can be better prepared for the trip:
a) Does the luxury bus service from Kunming to lijiang still operate?
b) Which bus station do I go to take the bus?
c) What are the departure times from Kunming?
d) How many hours does it take to travel from Kunming to Lijiang
e) What is the cost of the ticket?
Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2014
9 days - Lijiang, Dali and Shangrila  (4 Answers)

I am planning a 9 days trip to China where I will be flying into Lijiang and hoping to cover Lijiang, Dali and Shangrila. I would like to do some trekking and explore around to understand the local way of life.

Some help in my planning is greatly appreciated:
1. How many days should I spend in each of the places?
2. How do I go from one place to another? Do I have to book in advance or will i be able to just do it via the guesthouse?
3. How long is the travel from place to place? I am particularly concerned about the treks where I might require a stayover? Which are the ones I should look out for so I can factor that in my planning.

THANK YOU very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2014
good hotels in lijiang for two nights  (5 Answers)

can anyone recommend a hotel they have stayed in recently. clean and good size and not too expensive comfort range slightly below expensive class
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2012
3 days itinerary in Lijiang  (7 Answers)

Could you suggest a 3 days itinerary in Lijiang?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2012
Lijiang Honeymoon  (1 Answer)

I'm planning for my honeymoon in Lijiang from 2nd Oct to 7th Oct.
Wondering how will the weather/temperature be like because me and my partner are from a tropical country so we're quite unsure of what to pack. Don't want to be freezing out butts off there :D
What is a good website for maps because I believe google and google maps are unavailable in China.
Would be helpful if anybody could give me some suggestions for the itinerary.
Thanks in advance everybody.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2012
4D/3N Itinerary for Lijiang & Adjacent

Dear Members,

Would you please suggest me an itinerary:

Planning to reach Lijiang at early morning of 29th Oct (by overnight train) and will leave evening of Nov 01 (by overnight train) from Kunming. It means I have 4 Days & 3 Nights to explore the Lijiang, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Tiger Leaping Gorge (if possible).

Please consider that I'm very much interested to observe the Snowfall.

I'm planning to visit with my wife & 3 years kid.

Would you please suggest me an itinerary which is not tiring & also enjoyable.

Waiting for your valued suggestion.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2012
Yunnan visit  (2 Answers)

We are planning this leg. We would be coming from Chengdu. I am uncertain as to what is the best approach and whether it is worth the effort involved to get to Lijiang. We are not hikers and I have read that the roads to the various Gorges can be quite dangerous. We are also trying to decide if it is a scenic route by train from Lijiang to Kunming during the day. Of course I am also concerned about availability of train tickets as we are not on a flexible timetable.
Is Kunming just another big city?
I have also read that there is a bit of turbulance flying into Lijiang or Kunming. As I have some problems with flying this is another concern.
I don't wish to sound so negative but I want to make sure that I am not totally out of my comfort zone in doing this holiday.
We plan to go to Guilin from there. Hoping that someone can me iron out my concerns.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2012
Altitude Sickness  (5 Answers)


Planning to Kunming then Dali for 2 days and Lijiang to visit many places around there. I am worried about the height as I am sensitive to altitude. Please need advice from those who have ever been there. To go to Shangrila, any problem ? And what about Jade Dragon snow mountain ? If I go there, but stay on ground without taking the chairlift up the mountain. I know that I may have to carry oxygen tube or chinese medicine but will this really help ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2011
Travelling to Shangrila, Lijiang & Dali  (4 Answers)

Hi all,

I'm planning to go to Shangrila, Lijiang & Dali for the first time by myself in October 2011; and looking at around 8 to 10 days.

I'll need to know some travel tips to start planning such as:
1. Which international airport in China is the best to get to these places?
2. Which place should I start first and ending place - Shangrila or Dali or Lijiang?
3. How many days do I need to visit all these 3 places? And time spend for each places too?
4. Which are the main attractions that are worth visiting for these 3 places?
5. How will the weather be like in October? Will it be very cold that I'll need winter-wear?

Really need some useful tips. Thanks all in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2011
Lijiang - April visit  (8 Answers)

Plan to go to Lijiang this May break and we were given below itinerary -- kindly advise if good enough :

DAY 1 : check in, then the guide will take you around the old town a bit, so you have a sense of direction here.

DAY 2 : Shuhe Old Town, Baisha village. Then drive up to Snow Mt., and take big cable car to Glacier Park, Impression Show. Blue Moon Valley.

DAY 3 : Drive to Lashi Lake village for horse riding along the fields around Naxi villages, and boat on the lake, Black Dragon Pool. Climb the Lion Hill for overall view in the old town, Zhongyi vege market, Mountain River Show at 730pm-9pm. Night in Lijiang

DAY 4: Drive 4 hrs to Dali. Dali Prefacture Museum in Dali new town, Yuer Park by the Erhai lake. Dali Old Town.

DAY 5 : Xizhou morning market, walk around the fields and houses in Xizhou. Then drive 3.5 hrs to Shaxi, a cutural and natural place of beauty.

DAY 6 : Drive 2.5 hrs back to Lijiang. Free afternoon in Lijiang old town, then send to airport. Option, visit the Baoxiangsi Temple in Shibaoshan Mt. for another 1 hr in Shaxi.


1. Do we miss anything for this trip -- I was told that Shangrilla will be too dry at this season ? Any thoughts ?

2. Zen Hotel in Lijiang -- is it worth it ?? Any suggestion for place to stay closer to old town ?

3. Linden Centre in Xizhou village in Dali -- it worth it ? Any suggestions to stay in Dali ? or do we even have to stay in Dali ??

4. Shaxi --> what is this place -- is it worth it or better spend more time in Lijiang ?

Look forward fo ryour feedback soon :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2011
5D/4N to Kunming + Lijiang (+ Shangri La?)  (4 Answers)

Hi guys,

Am planning a trip to China over Easter - 22 Apr, and was wondering :

1) if 5D/4N to Kunming + Lijiang + Shangri La is too ambitious? (Presumably just half a day in Kunming and we are not planning to do any major trekking) Or 6D/4N? My 1st and last day will be spent on the plane (int'l and domestic)

2) what is the weather like in these 3 cities around then?

3) Is Banyan Tree all that good or just hyped up? Any more moderately-priced hotels just as fantastic - eg MGallery Songtsam (Accor Group)?

Tx all!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2010
Bus travel in Mid-November  (1 Answer)

I am planning on visiting Lijiang and Shangri-La in mid-November, and heading to Chengdu afterward. I was wondering if the mountain roads between Shagri-La and Lijiang (and Lijiang to Panzhihua) are safe to travel by bus around that time of year, or if they are snowy/icy and dangerous. If so, I may pay the extra money and just fly from Shangri-La to Chengdu instead. (As a side note, does anybody know how reliable the Shangri-La airport is, and if IT is prone to delays due to weather, or anything). Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
Lijiang Dali and Shangrila

We are going to the above on 4/9/10 to 12/9/10. Are the above affected by flood?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2009
Advice on a 5-day trip in Lijiang  (6 Answers)

am going with my bro and aged mum to Lijiang for a 5 day trip. We have confirmed a hotel booking and are planning to go the following places:
Yulong Snow Dragon
Leaping Tiger Gorge
Black Dragon Pool
Lijiang Old town

What are the best ways to visit these places? Should we book 1-day tours or just find our own transport and walk around. Please advise! We are still deciding on whether to book these 1-day tours on the net or find an agent in Lijiang on our first day there.

Also, are there any other not-to-be missed attractions in the area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2009
Travel Agent recomendations?  (7 Answers)

I've been doing research on Lijiang travel and am considering maybe a trek of couple of days to Tiger Leaping Gorge and visiting some of the sights in Lijiang. There are many agents on the internet but if I can get some recomendations on reliable ones it would be very much appreciated.
I'm looking to make my own arrnagements to Lijiang and then the tour to cover the land arrangements.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2009
Good hotel accommodation in Shu He Gu Zhen and Lijiang Gu Cheng  (4 Answers)

Would appreciate recommendation of good hotels (in terms of cleanliness and service) in both locations (with attached bathroom). There are numerous hotels around Gu Zhen which are reasonably-priced, western and traditional naxi style. Websites providing hotel info provide little info and without tourists' review

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2009
about scenic spots in Lijiang  (5 Answers)

doing a day tour by ourselves so need help on itinerary, so which should we go first? most efficient route...

YULONG snow mountain
dongba valley
baishui river
black dragon pool
Lugu lake
shuhe old city

can we do this by public transpo/taxi? or better off joining a tour group? one thing i dislike about tourgroups is they bring you to places your not interested in, and in places where you want to see they rush you.

need all your help..!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2008
Lijiang Impressions Show in Winter  (3 Answers)

Does the show go on in bad weather? Is it cold in winter as the location is outdoors and it's high up in the mountains?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2008
Medical Relief Organization for Septmeber?  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone

I had planned to travel in this area in early September 2008.

Instead of being a tourist, I'd like to be a medical relief worker. I am a pharmacist and Search and Rescue volunteer. Does anyone have recommendations on a reputable relief organziation to join for 2 or so weeks?
Look forward to your responses!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2008
Safe to visit Lijiang after Earthquake?  (3 Answers)

With the recent earthquake and aftershocks in Sichuan, will it be safe to visit Lijiang & Kunming in end May/June 08?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2008
Dragon Boat festival  (4 Answers)

I am looking for information in regards to the Dragon Boat Festival held in Lijiang. I am researching for an Australian Television Program that will be visiting the area in June and they would like to film the festival.
Any information regarding whether this even is going to take place would be very much appreciated,
Thank you,
Aleisha McCormack

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 29, 2008
Travel in June to Lijiang and zhongdian  (4 Answers)

There is now a china holiday the first weekend of june... should i avoid going to lijiang at that time? how many days enough before heading to tiger leaping gorge and zhongdian? i have 6-7 nites to spend all together. thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2008
Lijiang to Zhongdian - Day trip doable?  (5 Answers)

I have reserved 3 nights to spend in Lijiang off my upcoming trip to China in Oct 08, and wonder whether I can use Lijiang as the base for a day trip to Zhongdian (hiring a private tour guide - leaving Lijiang early in the morning, and coming back to Lijiang the same day late evening). I understand the road condition has been improved. Is the area safe for late evening driving? And how much would it cost? Thanks in advance for any advices.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2008
Lijiang -- Panzhihua bus, Panzhihua accommodation  (15 Answers)

1) How long does the Lijiang -- Panzhihua bus take, in particular the evening departure? What time would it arrive in Panzhihua... in the middle of the night, in the wee morning hours or at daybreak?

2) If anyone has gone by this route recently, what time is the latest departure from Lijiang?

3) Does anyone have any recommendations or experiences for Panzhihua accommodation? Looking for clean and safe triple room near train station, max budget 300 RMB, though not hoping to spend all of that!

Have done a complete search for "Panzhihua" on the forum, nothing that could answer those questions! :( Thanks in advance for any replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2007
Moon Inn  (12 Answers)

Does anyone have contact info for the Moon Inn Lijiang? the email I found
[email] does not work and I cant find any website...
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2007
how to get from Lijiang to Guilin  (4 Answers)

Is the only way to get to Guilin to fly from Lijiang to Kunming and then from KM to Guilin? it seems to be pretty complicated. Has anyone done this trip? thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2007
Trip to Jade Snow Mountain  (1 Answer)


I'll be going to Lijiang next week and would like to go up the mountain. Would appreciate if anyone could advice me what and how much are the charges to get up the mountain? Also what are the ways of going up? Much thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2007
Whirlwind through Lijiang in January  (10 Answers)

My travel companion had enough of Fenghuang after spending a day there. IMHO Fenghuang feels like a slightly less-developed and less-touristy version of Lijiang, though not by much. Interested in hearing comments on that viewpoint.

Taking that into consideration, what would be the absolute least amount of time for us to spend at Lijiang? We want to see Impressions Lijiang, Xuan Ke's Naxi music concert, do a little bit of chilling out and hanging around in a nice cafe. Also want to see Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Not going to Tiger Leaping Gorge at all -- I've already been there 1 year ago.

Is Impressions Lijiang still held on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2007
snow mountain in lijiang  (6 Answers)

My family and I will visit Lijiang and plan to jade dragon
snow mountain during 20-23 October.

Can anybody pls help?
Will there be plenty of snow at the time? we love snow.
What sort of temperature it will be?

Thank you very much. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2007
what is the flight schedule and cost from chengdu to lijiang  (5 Answers)

what is the flight schedule and cost from chengdu to lijiang

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