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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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Better than Lijiang Old Town

Similar to Lijiang Old Town, but quite a bit better. Less crowds and more authentic. More variety in shops and less repeats. Some Naxi people in local clothing going about their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Des Moines, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Similar to Lijiang Old Town, but quite a bit better. Less crowds and more authentic. More variety in shops and less repeats. Some Naxi people in local clothing going about their lives which Lijiang didn't have. Not busy at all in late morning. Only a couple of miles from downtown Lijiang. There are lots of horse carts and ponies at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Shuhe Old Town for 2 days and 1 night. It is quite nice with some good restaurants and cafe. It is nicer than Lijiang Old town which is very commercial but not as nice as Dali Old town which we also went to. One thing we didn't like were the taxi drivers. We booked a taxi driver... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I prefered it to Lijiang/Dayang old town. More genuine and less busy. walking here in the morning and evening was really very nice and highly recommended. Best to stay in ShuHe than LiJiang.

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Shuhe is a miniature version of Lijiang, with similar shops and tourists, but it managed to keep its charm and it is still pleasant to walk its cobbled streets and relax in a cafe by the river. The main centre, the "bar street" with its French cafe and Italian restaurant, can be noisy with its competing singers and musicians. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I found Shuhe to be the nicest of the ancient towns. While it is slightly built up, it still has a a lot of character and smaller in size. The rivers here are a little wider giving more options of outdoors restaurants and bars along the water. I much rather visit here than the Old Town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We enjoyed this ancient town much more than Dayan ancient town - there were much less people and not as noisy, though it's equally beautiful and quaint. It's a must-see if you come to Lijiang.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Compared to the Dayan Old Town, this is a much quieter and peaceful Old Town. It is about 20 minutes away from northern Dayan Old Town. Bus 11 (get on heading east, on Fuhui Lu, 1 yuan is the fare) can be taken fairly close to Shuhe, also sit on the upper deck, you'll get a spectacular view of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Often the best experiences are those that are less planned, but happen along the way. We (wife and two daughters - 17 & 20) were looking for a real non-touristy, non-contemporary trip within China. We wanted to experience and understand China more, see its history, and enjoy more natural, rather than city, experiences. Jenny Zhao at WildChina recommended Yunnan Province,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Similar to Lijiang Old Town but is quieter. Very interesting little town and is close to city. Quite nice sceneries with lots of little restaurant and tea houses. It cost us RMB$30 to get there from Lijiang and RMB$20 back.

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Vevey, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Shuhe is far more authentic then Lijiang Old Town, less tourists, more village feeling with some veg and flower gardens around the corner. Very peaceful and relaxing.

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