Dayan Town

Dayan Town is a center for the Naxi people in Lijiang. The town of Lijiang is separated into two towns divided by Lion Hill. One section is called the New Town, which was created over 40 years ago, and the Old Town, over 850 years go. The old part of town has beautiful ancient architecture and got its name, Dayan, 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. For the combination of the multinational culture and the progress of Naxi ethnic minority, the buildings in the town incorporate the best parts of the architectural traits of Han, Bai, and Tibet into a unique Naxi style. The layout of the town is free-style and flexible, the houses are close and diverse, and the lanes are narrow and meandering. Naxi people pay much attention to the decoration, the commodious and applied houses are mostly timber and tile structure compound with a garden, each has engraved vivid figures of people and animals on doors and windows, beautiful flowers and trees in the garden.

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