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Lijiang, Yunnan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Lijiang?

You should plan to spend around $41 (¥300) per day on your vacation in Lijiang. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 (¥122) on meals
  • $5.59 (¥40) on local transportation
  • $31 (¥225) on hotels

A one week trip to Lijiang for two people costs, on average, $581 (¥4,201). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lijiang cost?

A one week trip to Lijiang usually costs around $290 (¥2,100) for one person and $581 (¥4,201) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lijiang on average costs around $581 (¥4,201) for one person and $1,162 (¥8,402) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Lijiang will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lijiang on average costs around $1,244 (¥9,002) for one person and $2,489 (¥18,004) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Lijiang has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Lijiang expensive to visit?

Lijiang is a very affordable place to visit. Located in China, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Lijiang in depth.

Within Asia, Lijiang is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Luang Prabang, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Taipei.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Lijiang Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lijiang?

The average Lijiang trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Lijiang travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥225 ($31)
Local Transportation 1 ¥40 ($6)
Food 2 ¥122 ($17)
Entertainment 1 ¥141 ($20)
Alcohol 2 ¥28 - 85 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Lijiang
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lijiang is $16 (¥112). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lijiang is $31 (¥225). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Lijiang
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lijiang is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.59 (¥40) per person, per day, on local transportation in Lijiang.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Lijiang
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Lijiang can vary, the average cost of food in Lijiang is $17 (¥122) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lijiang should cost around $6.74 (¥49) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lijiang is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Lijiang?

Typical prices for Food in Lijiang are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Lijiang, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Lunch for Two

Entertainment Budget in Lijiang
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Lijiang typically cost an average of $20 (¥141) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Lijiang
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  • The average person spends about $7.87 (¥57) on alcoholic beverages in Lijiang per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Lijiang
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  • On average, people spend $1.15 (¥8.35) on bottled water in Lijiang per day. The public water in Lijiang is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Lijiang On a Budget
Lijiang Lijiang, China
Lijiang is a city in Southwestern China with a history of rule under the Mu family during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It played a key role along the Ancient Southern Silk Road, which started from Burma, crossed Lijiang, Shangri-La County, Tibet, journeyed through Iran, the Fertile Crescent, and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea. The area was once a center for trade, politics, culture, and education, which is still evident in the rich culture seen today. Lijiang has also been the home of centuries to the Naxi people who still inhabit the area.
Some of the most inspiring sights of Lijiang exist in the natural scenery of the surrounding area. The looming presence of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, for example, has long influenced Naxi legend and holy beliefs. Its 13 snow-covered peaks are a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants as well as a famous scenic spot for visitors. Lashi Lake, on the southern slope of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, is another beautiful site of the region. Being a part of the Lijiang-Lashihai Plateau Wetland Nature Reserve, it is paradise for migrant birds. It is also the origin for the Ancient Tea and Horse Road, an important trading route that visitors can experience on horseback. The sweeping fields of the Spruce Plateau also sit at the base of the mountain. Surrounded by woodland, the meadow is quiet and beautiful and frequented by wildlife like yak, scalpers, and goats. The plateau is regarded by the Naxi people as an entrance to the heaven of the heart, a place where people can love and be together freely.
Lijiang Old Town is a well-preserved ancient city of thriving culture. Named a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1997, the town has become a famous tourist attraction for seeing ethnic culture and customs, charming architecture, and beautiful natural views. Dating back more than 800 years, built amongst strong mountains and flowing rivers, Lijiang Old Town was once the political, cultural, and educational center with a very important role in trading activities of the area. Remnants of this past are still evident in its diverse market of handicrafts, decorative gardens, and traditional houses. Square Street (or Sifangjie) marks the center of town with four main streets branching in outward directions. The roads are paved in local bluestones with many winding lanes throughout. With a livelihood that depends highly on water, there are also aqueducts through town that allow willow trees to flourish.

If you prefer a quieter cultural experience, Baisha Village is about 4.9 miles (8km) to the north of Lijiang Old Town at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Less commercialized than the Old Town, here you can experience the peaceful daily life of the Naxi people. Shuhe Ancient Town is also an important site of Lijiang as it is a well-preserved example of a town along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of the ancestors of Naxi people.

With all of the natural features surrounding Lijiang, there is much opportunity for outdoor activity. In addition to being a popular scenic spot, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is also a locus for mountaineering, skiing, exploration, and scientific research. Lashi Lake is also a great spot for sightseeing, spying birds and other wildlife by boating across its surface. With mountains, lakes, plateaus, and even parks throughout the city, Lijiang is an ancient site built in reverence for the surrounding nature.

On the cultural side of things for food, shopping, entertainment, and otherwise, any of Lijiang's towns and villages have much to offer. Old Town especially serves as a commercial center for visitors with plenty of options for sampling traditional cuisine, busy markets with local handicrafts, as well as architectural gems of the Naxi people. Their captivating culture is also known to display talents in poetry, calligraphy, painting, and music. There are many dancing and musical performance held throughout the city, one of the most popular being the Lijiang Impressions Show. Impression Lijiang is a magnificent outdoor singing and dancing performance demonstrating the tradition and lifestyle of the local ethnic people. With the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the backdrop, the performance displays ethnic costumes and accessories along with singing, dancing, horse riding, and drumming. Held twice a day, the performance is a cultural experience not to be missed.
Food and Dining
Local dishes consist of traditional cuisine of the Naxi people. Jidou Liangfen (a kind of jelly made from chick pea) is one of the favorite snacks of locals, as is Baba, a kind of fried potato cake that is eaten with seasoning. Others such as Bingfenliangxiao (a tasty and refreshing dessert) and butter tea are also popular with visitors. The Naxi people also have a banquet of 39 courses to entertain distinguished guests. A banquet such as this and other traditional fare can be found at Rongpo Restaurant, located in Xinhua Street in the Old Town. Square Street is also an ideal location for sampling the local snacks. Some popular restaurants include Hua Hua Shen Restaurant, Naxi Yinshi Wenhua Cheng (Naxi Food and Culture City) which also features dancing and singing, traditional Muslim food at Ha's Beef Restaurant in Old Town, and western cuisine at the Lijiang Guanfang Hotel or Mamafu's Restaurant.

Lijiang Airport is located in the south of Lijiang city, 28 km (17 mi) away from downtown. There is an airport shuttle bus service in downtown Lijiang. Flights go to Kunming, Chengdu, Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Xiamen via Chongqing and Guiyang.

By train, Lijiang Railway Station is currently the second largest train station in Yunnan after Kunming Railway Station. The station mainly operates trains to and from Kunming and Dali.

There are long distance bus services to Kunming (8 hrs), Dali (3 hrs), the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La, Lugu Lake, Panzhihua, Ninglang, and Huaping. A local bus system also services most areas of the city.

Bicycle rentals and taxis are also popular.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.