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“Avoid like the plague”

Old Town of Lijiang - China
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Private Lijiang City Day Tour of Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba...
Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Lijiang
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately this place has been overly Xintiandied. It is a tourist trap in the purest sense of the word with absolutely no resemblance to anything authentic. Bongo drums...give me a break!

5  Thank John P
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

I didn't see an old town, only souvenir shops, hostels, and cafe. Spent a half day to walk through the complex, and concluded that it is no difference with any Chinatown in other countries. Not recommended.
If you want to see an old town, better go to Shaxi, which is located just 3 hrs drive from Lijiang. And visit it soon, as it is now developing as well, lots of hotels and new buildings are now under construction there.

1  Thank Lucy_backpackgal82
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Very historic old town which is very busy in the evening, much quieter during the day. It has the usual load of shops, restaurants and bars.Shuhe old town is about 10 mins.away by taxi and is even more authentic since here there are no large hotels or high rise apartment blocks.

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Lijiang has gotten so popular it is difficult to appreciate the original quality of the place, which still survives if you visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive, up to 30,000 visitors daily. To help visualize the town have a look at some movies on YouTube that were shot in 1997. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLke86NFI6R8zuZ8dQWdt_vrh4ZSbVdgnX Although the town has changed, these old movies might motivate you to get there before it changes even more.

Thank Dennis C
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

It's nor a good place to go, to much people and the bar play lord music. lot of women came to me ask for horse ridding and local tour. the town just like a super market.

Thank Hetian
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