Tigerair has resumed direct flights between Singapore and Lijiang for a cheap price of SGD319 (I checked myself)! They sent me and 4 others there last week so we can spread the word! I was sent as a Sports+Travel Magazine writer!
Honestly, I never heard of Lijiang until tiger told me and thought it was going to be a “pass-through-city” to get to more famous places like Shangri-la up north. I’ve never been so wrong.
Lijiang IS the place to visit and not just a pass through. The place is so famous for its beauty, it got my dad excited when I told him I was going. I must have been living under a rock (Singapore).
We traveled early November, it was autumn, temperatures were cold. No snow yet but I brought my puffer jacket anyway. It came in useful.
Here are my top 5 favorite things during this trip.
Omg, the mountains and their little snow covered tips! It was as if Tigerair knew that I was hunting for mountains in the Netherlands last month. This is the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)
They have a cable car you can take up to the top but it wasn’t working at that time we were there :(
THE PEOPLE (and Beer)
The people are so friendly! And I’ve lived in other parts of china before (shanghai), the people here are way more chill in comparison. Lijiang is known as one of the most romantic cities in China. There are many stories where people would come here and meet the love of their lives and eventually settle down here by starting a business.
It is not hard to see why people might do that. Life is calmer and slower paced in this beautiful mountain city. It’s a party everyday! I didn’t find the love of my life though, perhaps because that saying only applies to people who speak Chinese and maybe because I wasn’t actively looking lol.
Their night life rocks!! So much more happening than our nightlife in Singapore. People talk to each other with minimal inhibition.
Most of the hotels, bars and night clubs are opened by locals and visitors who turned locals when they decided to settle there. The owners would sometimes be the live band at their own establishments. They make everyone feel at home… and drink more of course.
I’ve been on many guide