Day 3 - From Dali to Lijiang 从大理到丽江

Day 3 Morning – From Dali to Lijiang


If you wish to get to Lijiang faster and do not mind to take a small bus, then you may consider to buy bus ticket from bus ticket selling counter at Dali Old Town. You may find two travel agencies nearby guest houses at Renmin Lu road where you can buy bus tickets.


Bus ticket selling outlet at Renmin Lu Road of Dali Old Town
大理古城人民路有的是长巴售票店


Another bus ticket selling outlet at Renmin Lu Road of Dali Old Town

另一间长巴售票店于大理古城人民路


Since every day there is a huge number of tourists travel from Dali to Lijiang, there is plenty of public transport travels the route. 

The frequency of a bus travels from Dali to Lijiang is about half an hour during day time. The bus fare is about RMB45 and the journey is about 3.5 hours. The latest bus is at 6.30pm or 7pm.

Yet, I paid RMB75 to the travel agency at Renmin Lu for the convenience of boarding the bus (which was comparatively small) on the street in front of  Er Hai Meng gate of Dali old town 洱海门.


Old Beijing Noodle Store    老北京面馆

 

I went to Old Beijing Noodle Store to feed myself before leaving for Lijiang. The noodles there are delicious.  Perhaps the cold weather made my appetite become extremely good when the noodles came with hot soup.

 


The store sells noodles, rice, soup and dumpling

店面有卖面条,米饭,汤 饺子


Rice Noodles 米线



I waited for  the bus to Lijiang in front of Er Hai Meng gate of Dali Old Town

我在大理古城海门前面等候到丽江的车.


Day 3 Afternoon – In Lijiang

Sceneries along the way to Lijiang is lovely.  I enjoyed the nice views and could not help

expecting more lovely views in Lijiang.

Finally I arrived in Lijiang after 3.5 hours journey. How to describe Lijiang? If Paris is to be analogous to an lovely western beauty, then perhaps Lijiang could be analogous to a charming Asian beauty.




South Gate Car Park of Lijiang Old Town  丽江古城南门停车场


Tourist Information Center at South Gate Car Park of Lijiang Old Town

游客寻问处 - 于丽江古城南门停车场



The entrance of South Gate of Lijiang Old Town
古城南门进口处


The bus stopped at a bus station about 10 minutes driving distance from Lijiang Old Town
丽江古城(大研古镇) 
You need to make a decision where to stay at Lijiang Old Town 丽江古城(大研古镇)Basically there are 3 strategic locations as below.

1) Nearby Gu Cheng Square/SiFangJie 四方街
Yet, you might not wish to stay at close proximity to the crowd and noisy spots.  The guest houses nearby or within 300-meter radius of Gu Cheng Square are strategic in location but usually they are not so quiet.

2) Nearby Red Sun Square/HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop  红太阳广场车站  (it is a place  to take public transport)
The place is convenient for you to get out of old town and to take bus or taxi to other
places.  Nearby Red Sun Square/HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop  红太阳广场 车站  is the place where you can easily take a private van to Jade Dragon Snow Hill and other tourist spots. 大水车附近的红太阳广场乘公交车7路去玉龙雪山. E.g., You may take a bus from there to South gate of Lijiang Old Town 古城南门 easily.  There is a shopping mall called JingFang Shopping Mall金方超市 just a few steps away from HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop. HongTaiYang GuangChang is within short walking distance to SiFangJie where the crowds are.

3) Nearby South Gate Car Park of  Lijiang Old Town 古城南门停车场 
The place is convenient for you to get out of old town to take bus or taxi to other places.
Also, there are many food stores located just outside of the south gate. You may
take a bus from there to HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop (where you can transfer to other public transport) easily. There are shopping malls nearby the south gate.



HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop  红太阳广场车站


JingFang Shopping Mall at the back of HongTaiYang GuangChang  bus stop

金方超市于红太阳广场车站后方


Nearby HongTaiYang GuangChang bus stop  -  place to board a private van to

Jade Dragon Snow Hill  

可在大水车附近的红太阳广场附进乘公交车7路去玉龙雪山.


There are hotels/guest houses located opposite HongTaiYang GuangChang 

bus stop 红太阳广场  车站对面有不少宾馆及民宿


There are hotels/guest houses located opposite HongTaiYang GuangChang 

bus stop 红太阳广场车站对面有不少宾馆及民宿


After checking in a guest house nearby South Gate, I went to MuFu - an old palace in Lijiang 

木府 - 丽江古城文化之大观园

MuFu - an old palace in Lijiang Old Town  木府 - 丽江古城文化之大观园


MuFu  Palace in Lijiang Old Town  木府 - 丽江古城文化之大观园


Stalls outside MuFu Palace  木府外之摊子


Views nearby MuFu Palace  木府外之景观


Restaurant with delicious food and songs 名歌餐


Food street nearby South Gate Car Park of  Lijiang Old Town
古城南门停车场附近的美食街

Gu Cheng Square/SiFang Jie of Lijiang at dusk  丽江四方街于黄昏时分

Nightlife is vibrant in Lijiang. M
ost bars are located on a street called Bar Street
 which is stretching from Dongda Street  to Sifang Street.
 
在丽江,
夜生活是充满活力的。大多数酒都位于一条名为酒吧街的小街:从东大街延
伸至四方街。


Scenic view nearby SiFang Jie of Lijiang  丽江四方街附近景观


Waterwheel in Lijaing Old Town 丽江古城大水车


View nearby Waterwheel 丽江古城大水车旁

In the evening, I walked back to the guest house with tired but joyful footsteps after
strolling around Lijiang Old Town for hours.





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