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Baisha Ancient Town

North of Lijiang County, Yulong County 674100, China
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Los Angeles, California
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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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Chongqing
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
67 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
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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
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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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Sydney
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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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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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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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Beijing, China
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

While not as big as Lijiang Old Town, this place has fewer tourist and therefore not as hectic. Good restaurants and street food as well.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

If you're looking for a place to ditch the Lijiang crowds, head for Baisha. I imagine Baisha is what Lijiang used to be before they turned it into a Disneyland. The place has one main street where most shops & restaurants are located but it's worth venturing off this street and head for the smaller back alleys behind it. The... More

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