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Address: 2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Description: Shuhe is a small village a couple miles to the north of Lijiang, in Yunnan...
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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Good shopping for art & crafts

Love the shopping for silver accessorries. Specially crafted as you wait! Yummy restaurants, but you must be game for spicy dishes! Don't like crowds.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

If time matters, choose one only, both places are very very similar and equally interesting, loud, packed, busy, nice, old .... Both places have small water streams passing the town, with many bridges. No matter when, many domestic tourists come here and they come here to party. Many restaurants and most bars have (mostly too loud) live music but lack... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Love the shopping for silver accessorries. Specially crafted as you wait! Yummy restaurants, but you must be game for spicy dishes! Don't like crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Although located very close to old Lijiang, Shuhe is a picturesque town without the hoards of tourists. Although it has its share of touristic shops, locals can be seen going about their daily activities, lending a more authentic feel. Architecture is similar to that of Lijiang, primarily of a Naxi style.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

First impressions were a bit disappointing. The town is flooded with Chinese tourists and every corner of the street offers horse riding and hair braiding. The main streets are flooded with silverware shops, yak meat shops and other souvenirs. Walking somewhat towards the outskirts of the town, you experience a little more of the normality of what the town could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Shuhe Old Town is an ideal location for staying, as the B&Bs offer a quieter living environment and easily accessible than the other hotel locations in the Lijiang Old Town. The town center offers a handful of bars and restaurants, which is typical in Lijiang as well as, souvenier shops. Shuhe is lush and green compared to Lijiang Old Town... More 

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Cannes, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were disappointed. when we went there. True it was not as crowded as Lijiang old town but it has no real charm. The pedestrian streets are very wide, shops everywhere and we felt we were in Disneyland. At least in Lijiang you have very narrow streets with small streams and people living there. it has a soul. In Shuhe... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There are simply too many ancient towns in Yunnan, selling similar stuff and it is too touristy. Though the ancient town is architecturally "antique" and " beautiful" but it is not much different from many others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Adding to the previous reviews: Shuhe is (relatively) more quit than Lijang. Definitively worth a visit. Part of the town is newly developed/restored, but kept nicely in the traditional style. The old part of the town can be easily missed (we found it only after 2 days). That part is more original than Lijang, built against the hill with narrow... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I had heard about how great Shuhe was so I got the number 11 bus for 1rmb up the road from Lijiang to have a look for myself. Firstly, it is quite small and you are never quite sure what is genuinely old and what has been built to look old. I had a feeling of not knowing whether I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Shuhe Ancient Town is a more rustic and tranquil town by comparison with Lijiang. It once was staging post on the Tea-Horse Road. Although it has a few attractions to see, you can view the most authentic life and ancient buildings there. The cobblestoned alleys and streets south of its main square are very picturesque and much more peaceful at... More 

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Additional Information about Shuhe Ancient Town

Address: 2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Yunnan  >  Lijiang
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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