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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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Shuhe is a small village a couple miles to the north of Lijiang, in...

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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More interesting than Lijiang old town

There are fare fewer visitors here (particularly earlier or later in the day) than Lijiang Old town and the pace is much less frenetic.It is a place to wander round slowly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are fare fewer visitors here (particularly earlier or later in the day) than Lijiang Old town and the pace is much less frenetic.It is a place to wander round slowly and relax. There is much less hard sell going on so you can browse without being pestered. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most beautiful place I have seen in Lijiang,is this town,very calm,very peaceful.Loved the people around,the architecture,in total it was a fun day.Wish to make a trip soon.Also me and my friend bought some stuff from there which was fun too,I found the place economic and good for everyone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit and if you are shopping. Bargain! Cheaper than Lijiang. Many local places to eat. Check out the dancing around 8pm in the main square

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old town in more relaxed than the one in Lijiang and worth a visit. It is crowded with shops, and most of the shops have the same things on display. Disregarding the shops, the streets, houses, canals and ponds everywhere makes this city a beautiful place. In particular I liked that some of the restaurants kept their stock of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Old Town is much quieter and more relaxed that Lijiang Old Town. We also stayed in this area. It has the usual array of tourist shops and lots of restaurants. But we liked the feel of this area much better as you actually got to see locals going about their daily business just ignoring the tourists. The people were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very easy to get there by public transport from Lijiang Old City. Even not necessary to take small bus. Just ask at information desk at the main square when you can find kfc, pizza hut. People there are very helpful and will show you the way. The bus stop was 3 minutes from there and will take you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shuhe is not as commercial as Lijiang and certainly as pretty. It is still surrounded by fields and nature and has a much more authentic feeling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a very peaceful time at Shu He. Enjoyed sitting at a cafe by the stream listening to the calming sounds of flowing water and hearing the ringing bells of the horses and their hoofs clinking along the cobblestones. A great place for good conversation and a relaxing rest. There was also less pressure when browsing the shops as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here recently at the Bivou Hotel, and loved it. Somewhat touristy and crowded, but much less than neighboring Lijiang. Highly recommended for those who want a a quieter and low key experience compared to Lijiang.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is less commercialised than Dali or Lijiang old towns so is definitely worth a visit. In Music Listening Square there is a free concert of Naxi dance and music at 3pm. The restaurant area is very attractive sited by the canals and ponds.

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