the district's government seat, is an old city
in beautiful surroundings in northwest Yunnan.
It is situated on a plateau at an elevation of
2,600m and is impressive because of its scenery
and lush vegetation.
The people of Naxi, while developing
their land of snow-clad mountains and turbulent
rivers since ancient times, have to their
credit the "Dong Ba Culture" seen
as one of the world wonders, a culture all-embracing
Lijiang Town is officially called
"Dayan Town"-- "Dayan"
literally means a "great inkstab",
a graphic description of the town's location
on a piece of rich flatland fed by a river
and surrounded by green mountains. There
is no other town in China like Dayan which
incorporates the folkways of so many people
and the architectural styles of both north
and south China. Some say that Lijiang is
not unique just because it is unique in
too many ways-- how true this is.