Local Lijiang Tours
With the recently emerging tourist industry in Lijiang, many new bars and cafes have sprung up amidst a rich cultural atmosphere. Most of them are located in the Old Town and are frequented by foreign visitors. A number of the hangouts are multi-functional, serving food and drinks, but also offering travel information and story swapping.
The bars are generally located along the Yuquan River that winds its way through the Old Town. The Sakura Cafe, Well Bistro, Sun Room Cafe are all popular venues. While the bars and cafes are good fun, any visit to Lijiang should include a Naxi Ancient Music Concert. The Naxi Ancient Music Institute is the best place to visit, although the Dongba Palace opposite the Institute also hosts numerous cultural activities and musical performances.
Main Entertainments in Lijiang
The newly rebuilt Dongba Palace is decorated with typical Naxi religious symbols and ornaments, which add much color to the othwerise solemn atmosphere. The palace is located just opposite of the Naxi Ancient Music Institute and holds a music and dancing show daily. In addition, Dongba Palace hosts various other cultural activities including some religious rites.