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Baisha Ancient Town

Address: North of Lijiang County, Yulong County 674100, China
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Type: Historic Sites, Resort Communities, Cultural
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Located less than hour's drive from Lijiang, this little old town is definitely worth a visit. Made up of just a couple of streets and minus the tourist traps, it is easy and relaxing to explore. We visited in the morning as the local residents were starting to hawk their foods and fresh produce in the market square. We bought... More

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Beijing, China
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We came here after visiting the dragon snow mountain. which is less than half hour drive. It's a small old town with no local tourists and few foreigners so it made it relatively easy to walk and to explore. It was raining when we visited so it was a pity we couldn't cycle around. Most of the homes are still... More

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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was my homebase when I visited Lijiang back in Dec 2012. Really happy I was here instead of the tourist trap that is Lijiang Old Town. Although Baisha Ancient Town has catered to tourists (english menus in a few restaurants is a sign) it is still pretty authentic filled with old buildings and local residences. I stayed in the... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a small old town, still unspoiled by tourism. Don't forget to visit the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute with fantastic, very fine needle works, resulting in almost photo-like images. You can see the work being done by students, teachers and masters. have a look into the fantastic gallery and, if you want, you can purchase what you see.

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Yes, Baisha is another ancient town near Lijiang. However, the buildings are original, not reproductions of old-style buildings. The main street is lined with shops, but you can also walk down side streets with houses where people live. Surprisingly, cafes have menus in English and Chinese, making it easy to order. The people at the cafe where I ate seemed... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Visiting Baisha village was probably one of the highlights of our trip to Yunnan. It isn't yet been taken over by the tourist throngs and commercialization that overtaken Lijiang. The town still retains its ethnic character and is a good way to see how life used to be in Chinese villages. Its only 20-30 minutes away from Lijiang and we... More

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Singapore, Singapore
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Both Shuhe and Lijiang appeared to be essentially reconstructed versions of old Chinese towns aimed at extracting money from domestic tour groups. While Baisha is very small and you will soon exhaust it's limited number of attractions, it's a much more peasant and relaxing place to spend time, and I wish we'd made this our base for the Lijiang area.... More

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165 reviews 165 reviews
70 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We were hoping to find a village not yet reconstructed. Baisha, thankfully, was that. However, it is at the beginnings of becoming another Lijiang. Going now will give you an opportunity to see some old village life. We walked around the streets away from Baisha and were greeted with old homes and lovely local people. The streets of Baisha are... More

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Beijing, China
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21 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Baisha was what we had hoped Shuhe would be - a beautiful traditional Naxi village in a stunning setting, as yet unspoilt by the rampant over-development that has ruined Lijiang. The is really only one main street but it has a handful of nice cafes and restaurants with both Chinese and Western options, including the fantastic Chine Chine wine bar... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We spent one night in Baisha. We arrived around 4pm, and by 6pm, the entire village shut down. We had to ask one restaurant to stay open until our friends arrived (after 7:30pm) for dinner. All in all, it would have been enough to visit the village during the day, but not enough to spend the night.

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