In September we will be on our first trip to China and have allocated approx 5 days to Yunnan - thought of the area Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la.
1) Is it realistic to fly into Lijiang and stay there for all days, covering Dali and Shangri-la from there - or would you rather recommend to travel on from place to place?
2) Lijiang seems to be a lovely antient place but many call it "destroyed by the turists" - how bad is it? E.g. staying at a hotel in the old town such as Zen Garden Wuyi Yard in a "secong floor room with a fantastic view" - can you sleep at night? Many talk about noise from the bars? Is it perhaps better to stay outside Lijiangold town, or in a place like Baisha with its old town?