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Shuhe Ancient Town

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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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Beautiful, authentic

Having visited both old towns in Dali and Lijiang, Shuhe seems much more authentic in comparison and presents a different scenery. It is also less crowded and hence, less noisy... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Having visited both old towns in Dali and Lijiang, Shuhe seems much more authentic in comparison and presents a different scenery. It is also less crowded and hence, less noisy. The same factor however is making it into a sleepy old town with most shops selling identical touristy souvenirs. It is perhaps a beautiful old town in need of some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Reallybloventhe ambience here. Have been to the town six years atom. This time, there are so much more good shops and restaurants with really good ambience. Love this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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