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“Too much, very nice but overdone”

Old Town of Lijiang - China
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Private Lijiang City Day Tour of Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba...
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Half-Day Tour: Lijiang Old Town and Black Dragon Pool
Ranked #1 of 88 things to do in Lijiang
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This probably used to be a wonderful little village remote from everything.
Now it turned into a Disneyworld.
Every house on the mainstreet sells either tea, or food or stuff to tourists.
The houses in the backstreets are already or are becoming hotels.

Yes, the architecture is wonderful.
Yes, the location close to the mountains is great.
Yes, the air is pure, certainly after Chongquin.

But is it not authentic at all. It is made up for tourists.
A pity.
One day is enough.

2  Thank Fran R
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This was interesting but I felt it was too much like the classic tourist trap. The buildings are old and there are many photographic opportunities. Having a personal guide added to the experience in a positive way.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

It is a nice place to shop. There are many shops selling various items and curios. It is fun to bargain for items. Many shops sell the same items. So, go around and check the prices before buying. The down side is that many of the shopkeepers are not that friendly. Some of them do not even bother to attend to you. Instead they concentrated on their mobile phone or tv.

1  Thank sheronlee
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Nice old town. Especially good for couples. I liked it! But you can find a lot of the same shops. One day visit is enough:)

Thank MMMM84
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Lots of unispiring and uninspired shops selling cheap kitsch and touristy gimmicks and American Fast Food. Full of loud bars blasting noise indiscriminately. Full of loud and inconsiderate mainland tourists spitting everywhere - be careful their spits don't land on you ! Having said that, scout around for some gems - there are some shops that offer the genuine stuff. Good night shots can be taken, if you manage to take some without being blocked by jostling crowds.

3  Thank LuoCJ
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