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Shuhe Ancient Town

Address: 2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #3 of 69 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Shuhe is a small village a couple miles to the north of Lijiang, in Yunnan province. It has similar...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Quieter and smaller than Lijiang old town. Nice, somewhat upscale shops. Interesting museum about the horse and tea trade route. A very nice day trip out of Lijiang.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Shuhe is a smaller and quitter Version of Lijiang, less touristic and therefore more authentic. Very nice location for a half day trip, pretty close from Lijiang ancient city. Taxi from Lijiang ancient city to Shuhe would cost around 20 RMB.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The town is laid back and there is a tranquil feel to it. Good for a day trip or if possible can stay for a night.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Visited Lijiang last Dec and stayed close to ShuHe. The place was also deserted with only a handful of people. Shops selling almost the same stuff, food options are limited (most local dishes).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Somewhat commercial for visitors but much less crowded where you will see real residents of the town doing real things like taking their wash to the water supply that is for washing, and filling their gallon bottles of fresh mountain water from the clean water supply

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A tiny bit more expensive that the bigger Old Town, but worth it.... Nice hotels, smaller, quiet, ..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We actually accidently booked a hotel in Shuhe instead of Lijiang. We started to worry a bit as the hotel we booked had really good review on Booking.com but no taxi driver knows where it is. Taxi driver won't drop us off at the hotel instead at the front gate of Shuhe town. We were greatly surprised when we finally... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was less touristy than the main Old Town. It has a more local feel to it. However, tourists would still flock to the main old town which has all the infra structures that seem more appealing for photography.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Shuhe Ancient Town has still some very authentic parts and is therefore much more interesting than Lijiang Old city. If you take the time you can find some very nicely decorated homes / places / streets that we had a lot of pleasure to discover. Fortunately we traveled at the End of December and there was only few tourists and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

For a more relaxed and authentic-feeling experience than hyper-commercialised Lijiang, Shuhe Old Town is definitely to be preferred. The cobbled streets and streams are pleasant and quiet, and the night life is much more chilled. A word of warning though, eve here you may be hassled for money by people dressed in "traditional" costume.

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