Location: China         Length: 6 min

In 1253, Kublai Khan, on his march to conquer the State of Dali, stationed troops in Lijiang, at the foot of Yulong Snow Mountain in China’s Yunnan Province. Ruled by the Mu Clan of the Naxi people for 500 years, this ancient town, with its wood-stone-mud structures, narrow lanes and small streams, now risks losing the last of its ancient heritage due to its recent tourist popularity and poor planning decisions. To maintain the historical integrity of China’s last “living” ancient town, Global Heritage Fund has embarked on planning and conservation.

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Produced in 2007 by the Global Heritage Fund

The Ancient Town of Lijiang (China Through a Lens)

Lijiang Ancient Town, China (PDF; Global Heritage Fund)

Old Town of Lijiang (UNESCO World Heritage Centre)

Yunnan (Wikipedia)