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Shuhe Ancient Town

2 Miles NW of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #4 of 70 attractions in Lijiang
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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Shanghai
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Definitely avoid the 'new' old town that you walk into through the big Chinese gates. All souvenir stores and chances to get your hair braided...same as Lijiang. You can find some interesting views from the old bridges at far end of town near the two rivers. Still friendly people. A nice afternoon if you have extra time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Shuhe is a mini Liajiang caering to toruists who want to shop rather than get a feel of the old town.

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New York City, New York
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Shuhe is a nice small version of Lijiang which is very close to Lijiang. Probably spend 2 hours is enough time.

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stex_8
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Shuhe is smaller than Lijiang old town but more authentic and picturesque.It has a small river with restaurants alongside and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Loads of small shops selling local silver jewellery, handbags etc.It also seems to be a popular spot for weddings.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Shuhe is a nice traditional ancient cobbled town with small streams of waterways going between the paths. It has many small shops with traditionally made items of Lijiang and Yunnan including many woven scarfs, silver and Jade shops and restaurants(chinese and foreign food) as well. When the weather is good u can rent a bike from one of the vendors... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights the working weekend before October holiday. There are plenty of quaint alleys, commercial shops, and good restaurants, but not too overdone like Lijiang. The Mongolian hot pot on the main street was great, but skip the Szechuan hot pot because the meat we we're served was glowing orange. Take a carriage ride around town... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Stay here or go early in the morning before the crowds. Local life goes on in-between the tourist shops and there are plenty of allies and paths to explore.

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Johor, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

like it more than the Da Yan ancient town. not so business oriented, stayed there the whole afternoon, doing nothing..

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Since Shuhe is smaller than Lijiang, I found it more manageable. Also not so overdone or as crowded, especially in the evening. Althought it, too, is a touristic ancient town, it was easier and more pleasant to walk around than Lijiang.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I stayed here for 6 days. Food is so-so and pricey. Paid about usd 120 for a day for a room with heater. Merchandise is reasonably priced, but old aunties will not hesitate to fleece you given an opportunity. Sights are amazing and tranquil. Did an impromptu hike up a small hill near the north entrance and was pleasantly surprised... More

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