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Location: the center of Lijiang Old Town, the intersection of Qiyi Street, Wuyi Street, Xinhua Street and Dongda Street.

Introduction of Square Market:

As the center of Lijiang Old Town, it is said that the Square Market is built according to the shape of the seal of Mu Family. It has been the most important junction station in the Ancient Tea Horse Road. Since Ming and Qing Dynasty, merchants from each side came together in crowds and nationalities came and lived here so that it has been the economic and cultural center. Nowadays, the Square Market is still the most prosperous place in the Old Town, which specializes in bars, shopping and snacks.

Square Market in Lijiang Old Town    Square Market in Lijiang Old Town 

Square Market in Lijiang Old Town

Four main streets direct to the four different directions from Square Market and numerous lanes extend in all directions, forming a network that links every corner of the town. Streets are paved by the local bluestones which are neither muddy in the rainy season nor dusty in the dry season. Along the street, the residences are mainly tile-roofed houses with three squares, one screen wall, square courtyard and capacious corridor. The doors and windows are decorated with carved images of flowers and birds.

In addition, it might be the only square that had an auto matic street-wash system in ancient times. The sluice at the center is opened late in the night and the resulting current of water flushes from the West River, washes all the street to keep the town clean, and then flows into the Central River.

Everyday morning, many Naxi old women dance traditional Naxi dance in the Square Market. If you are interested, you can join them to dance together.

Naxi Dance in Square Market    Naxi Dance in Square Market

Naxi Dance in Square Market

Distances from Other Scenic Spot in Lijiang Old Town:

The Giant Water Wheels: about 1 kilometer

Mu's Residence: about 0.4 kilometer

‣‣‣ Lijiang Travel Guide

‣‣‣ Tours including Lijiang Old Town

1 Day Lijiang City Tour to Lijiang Old Town,Black Dragon Pool,Dongba Culture Museum,Mu Palace and Lion Hill

4 Days Lijiang City Tour with Old Towns,Gorges and Snow Mountain

4 Days Lijiang City Tour with Old Towns,Gorges and Snow Mountain

Admission Fee:¥0

Opening Hours:All Day Long

Attraction Transportation:

Kunming - Lijiang:

By Bus: you can take the long-distance bus in Kunming West Bus Station. It costs CNY 188/217 per person and takes 7 to 9 hours. The first bus departs at 8:50 and the last departs at 20:30.

By Train: It takes 7 to 9.5 hours from Kunming Railway Station to Lijiang Railway Station by train. The price for hard seat is CNY 90, hard sleeper is CNY 142/148/153 and soft sleeper is CNY 218/227. Then you can take the bus No.16 to get off at Qixing Street Station, or No. 18 to White Dragon Square Station. It is also convenient to spend CNY 40 to get to Lijiang Old Town by taxi.

By Air: It takes 1 hour from Kunming Changshui Airport to Lijiang Sanyi Airport. Then you can take airport shuttle bus to reach Lantian Hotel in the downtown area, CNY 20 per person and lasting 30 minutes. And you have to walk about 1 kilometer to reach. Or you can take bus No.8/11/16 to get off at Qixing Street Station.

Dali - Lijiang:

By Bus: you can take bus from Tourist Bus Station near the South Gate of Dali Ancient Town from 07:50 to 17:00, CNY 62/75/83 per person and lasting 2 to 4 hours. Then you can take bus No.8/11/16 to Qixing Street Station in Lijiang Express Bus Station. If you take bus from Dali North Bus Station, you can take bus No.8/11 to Qixing Street Station in Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station.

By Train: It takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours from Dali Railway Station to Lijiang by train. The price for hard seat is CNY 34, hard sleeper is CNY 39.5 and soft sleeper is CNY 104.5.

Urban transportation:

You can take bus No.2/13 to Parking Lot Station of Old Town, or take bus No.7 to Department Store Station then walk into the old town from the north gate. And you can take bus No.2/3/12 to South Gate Street Station and walk into the old town from the south gate.

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