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Shuhe Ancient Town

2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #4 of 71 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Lots of shops, but the feeling is relaxed. Winding cobbled streets and plenty of Yunnan foods. In the evening there is dancing in the square by locals. Although they don't seem to mind if tourists give it a whirl, it is definitely traditional and done for their own enjoyment.

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You wont find an off the beaten path China experience here. It was like Aspen Ski Resort meets Disneyland; far from authentic. The architecture is traditional, but everything in old town is brand new. Like built 5 minutes ago brand new. And the only thing to do in this town is shop. It is just shop after shop! The neighboring... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It is about 15-20 min drive from Lijiang old town. Some parts of it are still under renovation so it looks quite authentic. It is surrounded by nature, that it makes it even prettier. It is considered UNESCO world heritage. If you have to choose between Lijiang old town or Shuhe, I would definitely recommend Shuhe.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a smaller version and slightly less touristy version of Lijiang Ancient Town. It is quieter and more relaxed and perhaps will give you what you are looking for. Wander off into the side streets and you enter another world. there is an interesting and free museum for the "Old Tea Route" when tea was manually transported to the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's incredibly touristy on the main drag. But wander off into the side streets and you'll find a slice of old Lijiang. But it's a pretty spot and if you're nearby, go take a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Shuhe old town is much better than Lijiang old town. It's more peaceful for a couple to relax in. There are some authentic Yunnan goods to be bought as well as some nice restaurants soak up the Yunnan culture. Take a trip over to the west side over the small river at night to get away from the terrible music... More

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We rented bicycles and cycled to Shuhe. We fell in love with this ancient town- filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. it has a different charm than Lijiang Old Town. there are plenty of buses and taxis around but i 100% recommend a visit here- even if just for an afternoon!

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I would prefer Shuhe better than Lijiang ancient town, this town is not very commercial and has its unique nuances.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Old buildings, again mostly turned into shops. Much quieter than Li Jiang, and reachable from that city by bicycle if you're a little adventurous.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Loved this Shuhe Ancient Town - more authentic, less people and better prices This is big so you better explore it - lots of corners - but loved that it is less commercial and less explored - and people are so nice Have a beer at the Stout Beer House - it is nice to relax and listen to the... More

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