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Shuhe Ancient Town

2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Shuhe is a small village a couple miles to the north of Lijiang, in Yunnan province. It has similar old architecture as Lijiang with similar places to buy Naxi woven cloth and products from local artisans. A major advantage over Lijiang is that it is relatively unknown so the streets are much less crowded and food and lodging is cheaper. In addition to woven goods, there are stores selling wood carvings, Naxi style pottery and silver filigree jewelry. There was an elderly artist whose paintings were all done with the edge of his thumb producing quite astonishing images.
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2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Aside from Shuhe Ancient Town being a perfect place to take in the local people and culture, our stay at the Bivou was xcellent. This inn is lovely. It is located right in the ancient town of Shuhe so you can walk to everything. The...More

Thank PamDGIL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is around one hour away from Lijiang, you can get a public bus here and then walk around 2km. It looks pretty, but is still commercialized and because is smaller, it seemed more packed than Lijiang. Horses and carriages give it a cool...More

Thank ana-marialungu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to lots of old towns on this trip. Lots of things in common between them all, but there are some unique points here... Beautiful mountains in the background, excellent food, and not too crowded.

Thank traveling_american13
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Less commercialized than Lijiang old town. Great to visit. This is our second visit. Great atmosphere.

Thank James S
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Small town and very quiet and local, less touristy then the other Dayang Old town and a better location to stay here and travel around Lijiang from here.

Thank Justin O
Reviewed 9 May 2017

After two days in Lijiang, we decided to take a 2 hour walk to here. We could not have been more underwhelmed. It is, literally, the same as Lijiang Old Town, but worse in every way. Same flowery cake shops, same drum shops, same souvenirs...but...More

1  Thank BarnabyHolmes
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Shuhe is a 20 minute bus ride north from Lijiang. It's not as touristy but also not as pretty as Lijiang. If you are looking for a day out from Lijiang I would recommend one of the various mountain trips instead.

1  Thank HungryGeckos
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Another well preserved and beautiful ancient town, a short drive from Lijiang. A clean waterway winds its way through the town, giving it a pleasant atmosphere. Busier than Lijiang in the evenings.

Thank MichaelChew
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We stopped by Shuhe old town during our day tour and walked the streets and visited the Ancient Tea Horse Road Museum. It is a lovely town, quieter than Lijiang Old Town. Saw many people taking wedding photos here. Would recommend to visit.

Thank TwinklyToes
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This was our first trip to China and we didn't know what to expect. We were hoping for a contrast to our big-city experiences in Beijing, Shanghai, and Kunming, and we were not disappointed. We were happy to stay in the village of Shuhe just...More

Thank Kris M
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Did you stay in Shule? Where and if so, how were the accommodations? How far, by taxi, is Shule from old town Lijiang? And did you visit Baisha village to see the frescoes? If so, how far is that from Shule? Thanx for your help.
19 December 2015|
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Response from RonHaarlemV | Reviewed this property |
Maple Leaf Inn, Lijiang, Telephone number: (0086) 0888-5136661