Lijiang is full of stunningly well-preserved historic buildings. One of the most popular to visit is Mu Residence, a mini Forbidden City that features ornate rooms and beautiful gardens. Also worth checking out is Wenchang Palace, a slightly lesser-known mansion with incredible views. Also make sure you visit Black Dragon Pool for the hands-down best view in the city.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is more than a fantastic name. It’s one of the best hikes in the world, and, unlike most of the region, much less touristy. Meaning, the trail is actual rocks instead of pavement. Wander the edge of one of the deepest gorges in the world, admiring the rocky cliffs with only the Yangtze river as your companion. This is a two-day hike, so stay at one of the guesthouses along the way.
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