It's hard to choose an image that epitomises Lijiang. It's an old Chinese village that stole my heart each time I visited. It's a world heritage site, and is an exquisite combination of old architecture over trickling streams and water ways in this Venice of China.

It's hard to choose an image that epitomises Lijiang. It's an old Chinese village that stole my heart each time I visited. It's a world heritage site, and is an exquisite combination of old architecture over trickling streams and water ways in this Venice of China.

What to do and where to stay in Lijiang: pick between the ancient towns of Shuhe, Lijiang and Baisha

A guide to Lijiang: What to do and where to stay.

What to do and where to stay in Lijiang: pick between the ancient towns of Shuhe, Lijiang and Baisha

Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang, Yunnan, China - quiètude et sérénité pour ce mois de décembre.

Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang, Yunnan, China - quiètude et sérénité pour ce mois de décembre.

On the ancient Tea Horse Trail, the UNESCO listed town of Lijiang, Yunnan, China #NomadsSecrets

On the ancient Tea Horse Trail, the UNESCO listed town of Lijiang, Yunnan, China #NomadsSecrets

Lijiang, in Yunnan Province, is the closest thing you will get to a true wonderland. Well, that's how it would seem without the crowds of tourists.

Lijiang, China´s Biggest Tourist Trap

Lijiang, in Yunnan Province, is the closest thing you will get to a true wonderland. Well, that's how it would seem without the crowds of tourists.

Journey to Shangri-La: The Magic of China's Secret Kingdom  --  National Geographic Traveler travel.nationalgeographic.com  -   Visions of Shangri-La–and tales of a vagabond grandfather–spark a quest to the peaks and gorges of the eastern Himalaya and China's Yunnan Province.

Journey to Shangri-La: The Magic of China's Secret Kingdom -- National Geographic Traveler travel.nationalgeographic.com - Visions of Shangri-La–and tales of a vagabond grandfather–spark a quest to the peaks and gorges of the eastern Himalaya and China's Yunnan Province.

Lanterns of Lijiang. The old town of Lijiang has an ancient network of streams and canals. It is said that this network was built in such a way that water can reach every family and every street in the town.

Lanterns of Lijiang. The old town of Lijiang has an ancient network of streams and canals. It is said that this network was built in such a way that water can reach every family and every street in the town.

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