Lijiang Area Rock Climbing
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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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Lijiang Area
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