Mysterious and Attractive Old Town-Lijiang

The Old Town of Lijiang, located on the upper reach of Jinsha Jiang River Yangtze River tour, is the home of Naxi nationality. Rising 2,400 meters above the sea level, Lijiang is the central city of Naxi autonomous county and one of the famous historical and cultural cities in China. It has a history of 800 years. The Town is well-known to the world for “each of the households is build by the stream and surrounded by willow trees”.

Lijiang by the mountain and river was different from any residence cities which had high, thick walls and wide streets in ancient China. Its rustic charm and beauty reveal the natural harmony. Following the contour of land, the residences are built by wood and stone. People also pick up some excellent architectural forms from Tibet, Bai and Han nationalities.

People in Lijiang last minute China travel deals attach importance to education and respect cultural persons, therefore, many people are good at painting, calligraphy and versifying. Besides ethnic folk dance and local theater, Naxi ancient music is the most famous in many colorful festival activities. The “Dongjing Music of Naxi” bearing the melody and rhythm derived from Taoist music is known as “the Living Fossil of Music”. The band of Naxi ancient music was once invited to play in many European countries and had gained a warmly approving reaction and great praise from audiences. Because the band was comprised of the old people from the folk who were over 70 years old, it is also called “Naxi Old Men Band”.

The famous murals of Qing dynasties in Lijiang distributed in the Town China best tours and 15 monasteries demonstrate the blending of different religions. A hundreds of Buddhas from Taoist, Tibetan and Han-Chinese Buddhism were painted on Baisha Mural in Baisha village which has been listed for nation-level protection of historic relics.

A kind of hieroglyphics called Tomba script still exists in Lijiang area. Tomba script which is used to record religious scriptures of Dongba is the only picture writing which is still used in the world. What’s more interesting is that the Dongba scriptures have preserved dance steps with the ancient hieroglyph Dongba characters.

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