From Lijiang Ancient Town, hiring a car to Lashi Lake is highly recommended. The car journey takes about 30 minutes and the fare is around CNY30.
Mini buses are available from Zhongyi Market to the south and north banks of Lashi Lake and the fare is CNY4 to CNY5.
1. For hiring a car, you are advised to order directly from the owner of the hostel, or book with a reliable local tour agency. Their services usually include the car to the lake, horse riding and bird viewing tours. Booking with them directly will save money and avoid you being cheated.
2. If you take a bus to the lake on your own, you need to find horse ranches and some boats in the lake independently. There are over 20 ranches, so you need to bargain when making choice. (This method is not suggested, because it is too difficult to tell which one is best.) For bird viewing, you need to rent a boat, holding five to six people and charging around CNY50.
3. Hiring a car to Zhiyun Temple for a single journey costs about CNY25.
4. Travelers who want to ride need to bring some clothes easy for riding. Put your personal things and valuables in a safe place. You must listen to the grooms’ orders. Please hold the rain tight to avoid falling off when the horse is running. Sunglasses and sun cream are necessary.
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