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Description

Lijiang has become a super well-known destination for Chinese toruists since the late 90’s. Foreign tourists are also pretty common here, but their numbers are dwarfed by domestic Chinese visitors. Although best known for the mass tourism in Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and around Yulong Snow Mountain, there are growing opportunities for trekking and other forms of adventure tourism in the surrounding mountains and canyons.

There is a wide diversity of climbing in the Lijiang area. Here are the areas, as of 2021. More are being added yearly.

Liming – Glorious sandstone escarpments surround Limning village, in the mountains a couple of hours west of Lijiang. Originally developed as trad area that tests all your crack climbing skills, bolted sport-route development started in 2018. Liming developer, Mike Dobie, produces an up-to-date guide. The area is also treated in the 2015 Climb China guidebook.

Shigu - Here is a sport climbing heaven on the glut of limestone faces looming above Damaidi village near the First Bend of the Yangtze River, about 1 hour west of Lijiang. Once you get to Damaidi, the living is easy and the climbing is super accessible. 

Baiyansi Mountain - This is an awesome and remote alpine big wall, 20 km up the Chongjiang River from Shigu. With routes up to 17 pitches (so far), expect to encounter route finding challenges and long runouts between tricky gear placements or occasional bolts. To their peril, climbers have wrongly assumed that Baiyansi is like Shigu because of their proximity. Epics have resulted. It is the exact opposite of the super well-bolted Shigu crags and nothing like the obvious trad lines at Liming.

Guanyin Gorge - The first crag developed in the Lijiang area. This small limestone area lies between Lijiang Old Town and the airport south of town.

Getting There

Any guidebook to China has current access information for Lijiang. The Stone Drum House website has good information on getting to the climbing areas. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lijiang Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
The Great Owl
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0
 20
Soul's Awakening (half)
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Scarface II
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Japanese Pixelated Genitals
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Clam Digger
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 25
Wind of the Valley
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 11
Throw Your Legs Around My Should…
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 21
Faraway Corner
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 13
Clam Digger "Direct"
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A0
 15
Back to the Primitive
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Akhum-Rah
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Ding Dong's Crack
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
The Funky Dan
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 6
Japanese Cowboy
Trad
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 5
The Firewall (aka: Flying Buttr…
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Great Owl Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pinecrest Buttress
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Soul's Awakening (half) Liming (黎明) > Dinner Wall > Cretaceous area
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0 Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Scarface II Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pinecrest Buttress
 24
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Japanese Pixelated Genitals Liming (黎明) > Yangshuo Sports… > Uncensored Wall
 11
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Clam Digger Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Wind of the Valley Liming (黎明) > Dinner Wall > Cretaceous area
 25
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Throw Your Legs Around My S… Liming (黎明) > Yangshuo Sports… > Censored Wall
 11
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Faraway Corner Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 21
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Clam Digger "Direct" Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 13
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Back to the Primitive Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Primitive Buttress
 15
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A0 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Akhum-Rah Liming (黎明) > S Valley > Guardian
 12
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Ding Dong's Crack Liming (黎明) > Dinner Wall > Cave area
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
The Funky Dan Liming (黎明) > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Japanese Cowboy Liming (黎明) > Dinner Wall > Cave area
 6
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
The Firewall (aka: Flying… Liming (黎明) > Dinner Wall > Cretaceous area
 5
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Trad 3 pitches
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