Lijiang tips

avoiding altitude sickness


Be aware of
altitude sickness

Why it
sometimes occurs

The higher the elevation, the thinner its air. Until your respiratory and circulatory systems adjust to a high elevation, your body suffers to some degree from oxygen deprivation. Altitude sickness can result.


They include dizziness, tiredness and headaches - and difficulty in catching your breath when, for example, walking up steps.

Best defense
if you are susceptible
to altitude sickness

First, be mindful of the altitudes of the key cities you will be visiting.

Do your upward journeys in stages so your lungs can more readily adapt to thinner air. This means, for example, don't go suddenly from a low-altitude city (such as Beijing or Xian) to Lijiang on the same day.

Instead, spend at least one full day in Kunming to acclimate your body to its relatively thin air (spend the time visiting the nearby Stone Forest, a Hillman Wonders Bronze Medal winner). This will help prepare your body for the even thinner air in Lijiang.

Then, stay in Lijiang for at least a day or two before heading to Zhongdian or Deqin, where the air is even more rarified.

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