From the hemp-farming Bai to the matriarchal Mosuo, with a minimum of 10 ethnic minorities running about town at any one time, Lijiang is about as colorful, eclectic and charming as a little city can get. An intricate network of babbling waterways and canals lattice the ancient, paved streets of the bustling town center, situated on the dry soils of the lower Tibetan plateau. Tired of the town’s crowded tourist trappings? Then simply turn off the main path and wander down a cobblestone back alley to inhale that musty air of millennia past. Failing that, ride a bike to Baisha.