Introducing Lijiang Murals
The Lijiang Murals are world-famous fresco with rich colors. It mixed the stories of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism into one picture. The bold and creative way is incredible and could not be imagined in other religious paintings in China.
Lijiang Murals Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Li Jiang Bi Hua 丽江壁画
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 2 to 3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Naxi Culture, Murals
• Opening Hours: All Day
• Entrance Fee: CNY 30 for Baisha Murals
• Address: Lashihai, Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, Lijiang, Yunnan
What to expect at Lijiang Murals
Lijiang Murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty. Dominated by black, silver, gold and red colors, they mostly depict religious stories with vivid images. There are trigrams, lotus flowers and even Sanskrit inscriptions on the ceiling. These frescoes are not only crucial to the history of Chinese painting, but also important cultural heritage relics.
The portraits in these paintings also include ordinary people like farmers, tourists and criminals. They are good evidences show the superb artistry, outstanding creativity and rich imaginations of the craftsmen. Among the 55 existing murals, the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall.
Lijiang Murals were kept and displayed in some ancient buildings around Baisha village. The village was the earliest political and spiritual center of Naxi ethnic minority. Being the historical capital of the Naxi kingdom in the history, it is still a good place to have a glance at the Naxi culture.
How to get to Lijiang Murals
• Take bus 6 from Lijiang Old town to Baisha Bihua Station.
• Rent a car/bus from GGC to enjoy a hassle free private transfer from hotels in Lijiang to Lijiang Murals.
Additional travel advice on Lijiang Murals
• Please wear sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to prevent sunburns.
• Keep the entrance ticket (receipt of maintenance fee) of the Lijiang Old Town along with you. It is required to show the ticket when visiting the Baisha Murals.
• To protect the relics, do not touch or do scribbles on the frescoes. Do not use flash to take pictures.