Wednesday, October 8, 2008

China - Old Town of Lijiang

I received this postcard in UNESCO RR (the temptation to count all of my UNESCO cards and to start collecting them seriously is already quite strong). This card has a very special atmosphere... probably I just like sepia :)

The Old Town of Lijiang is a famous UNESCO Heritage Site located in Lijiang City,Yunnan,China.

The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its
orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people, therefore people there are called 胖金哥 and 胖金妹 (male and female respectively).

Lijiang old town (including Dayan, Baisha and Shuhe) was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 4, 1997. Since then, the local government has taken more responsibility for the development and protection of the old city. Lijiang's tourism also boomed, and travellers from around the world flooded in; although many locals fear that due to much of the development, the old town of Lijiang will lose its appeal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's more information about Lijiang at

These days it would be hard to take a photo like that, as there are so many tourists in town.