Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort
Lijiang, Yunnan, China
At a Glance
Located right next to the Old Town of Lijiang
Amazing views of the Jade Dragon Mountains from the hotel
Wonderfully large swimming pool
Lovely resort feeling of the property whilst being in the centre of town
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From the subtropical lowlands in the south up to glacier-capped mountains in the north, Yunnan is a province of extremes. The climate varies so much across this vast and diverse area, that it has given rise to an ancient Chinese saying: “You can enjoy all four seasons on the same mountain, with each just a few miles from the next”. Generally speaking, most of Yunnan province is mild in winter and cool in summer, with large variances in temperature occurring across the day. Mornings can start with a wintery chill, and warm up to 25°C by lunchtime. Spring and Autumn are mild and pleasant and the best times to visit Yunnan, despite May being the rainiest month of the year. For snow-capped mountains and dramatic alpine scenes, the winter months of November to January can be spectacular.
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An expansive resort with an old-world charm set in beautiful gardens and ponds, the Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort is a centre of modern luxury in the ancient surroundings of Lijiang.
A far cry from the hustle and bustle of modern Chinese cities, Lijiang is an ancient retreat set in beautiful valleys with a truly traditional feel.
The Intercontinental Resort continues its traditional charm in its selection of rooms and suites that combine the essence of Lijiang with every comfort of modern luxury. Taking inspiration from beautiful local design the decor of the rooms provides sophisticated clean lines and a unique sense of place. This sense of place is further captured in the expansive lobby with floor to ceiling windows that frame the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.
There are three lovely restaurants at the Intercontinental Lijiang which offer a choice between Asian Fusion cuisine at Basil Leaf Restaurant, the true flavour of traditional Chinese dishes at 7 Colours and a chance to unwind and relax in the Lobby Lounge over cups of tea in the sunbathed atrium with panoramic views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
After days exploring the rugged countryside surrounding Lijiang you are welcomed back to the hotel with an enormous heated indoor pool in which to relax and a fantastic Tea Tree Spa with an extensive treatment list.
The Lijiang Ancient Town Resort offers a range of traditionally styled rooms and suites set in a villa formation and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Each abode has been carefully designed to create an elegant fusion of old-world charm and modern luxury, with natural woods and neutral colours.
Children are welcomed at Intercontinental Lijiang and babysitting can be arranged on request.
There are two main restaurants which highlight the best of Asian cuisine. Basil Leaf offers a fusion of Asian flavours with western dishes available alongside and 7 Colours Restaurant showcases Chinese cuisine, especially from the Yunnan region with its unique flavours. The Lobby Lounge provides a wonderful space to relax and unwind with the spectacular backdrop of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The Tea Tree Spa boasts 8 treatment rooms with blissful spa treatments to ensure tired muscles are truly pampered after days exploring Lijiang Old Town and wider Yunnan landscapes. There is also a large indoor pool and fully equipped gym and personal trainer on hand.
The Yunnan region is famed for its natural beauty and there is plenty to explore in and around Lijiang. Old Town Lijiang is just 5 minutes' walk from the Intercontinental and the surrounding mountains are easily accessible just a short drive away.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
I really liked the location of the hotel which is very central at the entrance to the cobbled streets of old town Lijang. Its ideal if you want to eat locally in one of the many excellent restaurants in town and to explore on foot. The first thing you notice when you enter the hotel is the huge glass window at the end of the lobby. It looks out over the hotel gardens and rooms but behind are the beautiful snow capped mountains. The hotel is quite spread out and made up of a number of small houses each split into two or three separate rooms with an internal courtyard which gives you some shared out door space to relax in the afternoons. I found the dcor of the rooms to be quite dark with lots of wood and dark reds and ambers on the walls but it is quite atmospheric. There is a huge indoor swimming pool making it a great choice for families.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
As soon as you walk into the hotel you are hit by the spectacular views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain through the enormous floor to ceiling glass windows. The design of the hotel is brilliant as it sympathetically incorporates the local decor and design of the area whilst also maintaining a very contemporary and modern feel.
A day in Jianshui
Enjoy an exploration of Jianshui as we discover the Zhang Family Garden and Double Dragon Bridge. Head to Changyang City Gate and the Confucius temple of Jianshui for a visit.
Blue Moon Valley
Today, you will visit the natural white water terraces of Blue Moon Valley, also known as the Pamukkale of China. You will also board a ropeway for a bird's eye view of the river valley.
Cultural Lijiang Tour
Embark on a walking tour of Lijiang old town and step back in time with the traditional buildings and lovely alleyways. Then head to Black Dragon Mountain Pond and if time permits, visit the Dongba Institute and up to Lion Hill for a bird's eye view.
Explore the tranquil ancient town of Heshun village and make a visit to the library and charming old residences including the Li Family Mansion and the former residence of renowned philosopher Ai Siqi.
Dongba Culture Museum
Get in-depth into the unique Naxi Dongba culture, with over 12,000 relics such as paintings, holy books and sacrifice tools. The museum is also built in the quadrangle courtyard architecture which reflects the Naxi Dongba culture.
Full Day Tour of Lijang
Explore Lijang's maze of humble cobbled streets with your guide today. During this full day tour enjoy a visit to the city's Old Town, a cable car up to The Jade Dragon Mountain and later, a bird's eye view from the famous Lion Hill.
At 4,506 metres above sea level, Glacier Park is one of the world's highest cable car stations. You will be provided with one oxygen canister. Optional visit to Spruce Meadow (3,200m) or Yak Meadow (3,700m) is available.
Half Day Visit to Tanwei Village
Make a trip to Tanwei Village and immerse in the authentic culture and the Tibetan way of life. Try their yak butter tea and tsampa, a staple in their diet.
Hike Laojunshan's 99 Dragon Pool
This rewarding trek traverses through dense forest with strong biological diversity, flanked by multi-coloured canyon walls and unique danxia landford of Liming.
Hot Air Balloon Over Tengchong
Enjoy a 20-minute hot air balloon ride to appreciate the marvelous geological volcanoes of Tengchong.
Impressions of Lijiang Performance
Be amazed by the dazzling performance of "Impressions of Lijiang", one of the three outdoor shows of famous director, Zhang Yimo. Watch as more than 500 dancers wear their ethnic costume to perform with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as its backdrop.
Jingmai to Xishuangbanna
Drive to Menghai where you will visit a countryside temple and the Bulang Tribe enroute. Go on a leisurely hike around Mount Nannuo as you walk through local villages and tea plantations. Arrive in Xishuangbanna.
Experience a slice of Naxi village life along the Lashi Lake National Wetland Park. See a viewpoint of the lake from the top of a hill and visit the Zhiyun Temple.
Mu Palace Exploration
Enjoy a tour of the Mu's Family Mansion, who was once the ruler of Naxi from the Yuan to Qing Dynasty. The layout of the Mu Residence follows that of the Forbidden City of Beijing and is termed the Forbidden City of Lijiang.
Naxi Orchestra & Throat Singing
This evening you will have the chance to experience the traditional throat-singing and dòngjing performance of the Naxi Orchestra.
Potatso National Park
Today, we escape into the wilderness of Potatso National Park, stop by scenic spots of Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Militang Alpine Pasture. On your return, we will make a stop at Xiao Zhongdian Village with its unique setting by a colossal valley.
Discover Tengchong Volcanic and Geothermal National Park today! Be impressed by the magnificent volcanic wonders as well as the unique geological structures.
Snubnose Golden Monkeys and Bazhu Village Exploration
Explore the Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve in search of the rare Snubnose Golden Monkeys. Enjoy the astounding views and scenery with a picnic lunch before visiting the Lisu Village named Bazhu.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Enjoy a scenic drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La with beautiful cultural stops along the way including the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Village Hike: Bodolo to Yulitadi
Enjoy a 2-hour hike through a pristine alpine forest across two Yi minority villages, dwarfed by the silver cliffs of Yulong Snow Mountain in the background. Optional 1-hour horse ride in the alpine meadow is available.
Wen Hai Lake
Venture into the countryside with a visit to Wenhai Lake to visit the local rural villages.
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Location & directions
Lijiang, Yunnan, China
The Lijiang Ancient Town Resort is set in extensive gardens and enjoys spectacular views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Conveniently located for the historical town, this is a fabulous retreat from the hustle and bustle of most Chinese cities.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Lijiang Sanyi which is situated 27km away from the resort. A shuttle can be arranged with the resort itself or the 30-minute journey can be taken by taxi. From Lijiang Railway Station 15km away, the resort is best reached by taxi.
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