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Shuhe Ancient Town

2 Miles NW of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #5 of 70 attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Modesto, California
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

culture, the foods were of the local minority, with local handy crafts, the waterways that filled the old town were very nice and the minority foods were an adventure ~ crickets on a stick and a long spiral cut potato with seasoning were mine to enjoy !

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Qingdao, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you've already experienced Lijiang Old Town, it may seem like more of the same at first, but the streets are less crowded and prices seemed just a little better. It seemed to me that more of the shops offered goods crafted by the owners of the shop rather than the cookie-cutter, factory-produced nick-knacks in Lijiang Old Town.

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Beijing, China
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209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Old town (古城) is where you go to party, shuhe is where you come to relax. Smaller and less crowded with less to see, but more quiet stays and enjoyment. Full of the same great shops and restaurants.

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Shanghai
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Shuhe is less crowded and a little less touristy than the Lijiang Old Town. A short hop to Baisha, which is a must if you like historical places. If you like a peaceful place with smaller crowds, stay here on your trip to Lijiang

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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

As lijiang have 3 villages around I think Shuhe is the best village to walk around. Lotsa cafe and pretty restaurants around and it's less crowded than the old village . I highly recommend tourists to stay here instead of other places.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Nice area (everything a bit expensive though) to walk around, sit for a coffee here or there and watch tons of chinese taking pictures of themselves. :)

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I prefer to stay in Old Town of Shuhe (束河古镇). Shu He is four kilometres to the northwest of the Lijiang Old Town. Away from the busy, touristic Lijiang Dayan Old town, it is more relaxing and peaceful for me. It is approximately 15-20 minutes taxi ride from Lijiang Dayan Old Town and cost RMB40 for 1 way. May it... More

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Malaysia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It is very relaxing walking around this old ancient town. It is not so crowded compare to Lijiang old town. The old charm is still intact. People are friendly too.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Shuhe, while influenced by the effects of tourism, conveys a more genteel atmosphere than its larger neighbor, Lijiang Ancient Town. The presence of a French boulangerie and the sounds of mid afternoon live jazz vocals may seem a little incongruous but speak volumes for a small town that promises to be different - let's hope it remains that way. Both... More

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Chongqing
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Nice Old Town with small streets with streaming, clean water, with many restaurants, terraces and small shops. Relaxed atmosphere and not too busy

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