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Shuhe Ancient Town

Address: 2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #4 of 67 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 649 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Shuhe is a small village a couple miles to the north of Lijiang, in Yunnan province. It has similar...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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.

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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Apparently it's smaller than the LIjiang Old Town but IMHP much more authentic and beautiful that the latter one. It is the place you'd like to stay at for a longer period time to really rest and get used to the "neighbors" who might be artists, fashionistas, chief, and in general talented metro city escapers who really know life!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Shuhe is a well preserved ancient town on the ancient Tea and Horse route. The shops along the cobbled stoned streets have quaint names and sell the typical tourist wares. At the end of the street is a deep pool fed by the river which overflows into a stream fronting the shops in the town. Beautiful Qinglong Bridge has its... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Shuhe, like Old Town Lijiang, has a clean river flowing through it . It is a refreshing place to walk around with many huge shady trees and good looking buildings. There are also organic vegetable patches within this old town.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Shuhe is a far better alternative to rest & relax, unless of course your preference is the sort of high-energy, rowdy bar/pub/disco scene of Lijiang Old Town. It's significantly smaller than it's more illustrious neighbour town, but more 'original' (thus less commercialised), rustic, tranquil, an ideal place to just have a nice afternoon stroll, sit at an open air pub... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Shuhe has the same cobbled pavements, little side streets, shops and market square as Lijiang Old Town but without the crowds, noise and bars. Much smaller than Lijiang, it is a lot more pleasant to walk around and can be easily covered in a couple of hours. Mornings and afternoons are the best times to visit. As we were staying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Went here early May and the weather was absolute spectacular! Less crowded then the old town. At 6pm, the streets were quiet and really nice to take a walk around. Do visit the wet market area to get a feel for how the locals live about their daily lives.

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Johor Baru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I love The Bivou hotel tucked in a corner of Shuhe. Excellent service and the Singaporean manager was excellent in giving us tips on where to eat.

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Tanah Rata, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Similar looking to the Lijiang Old Town especially the shophouses. We were there very early in the morning before 8.00am following the local tour and was a quick shortstop of 15mins where 5mins of the given time were spent on the washroom. Most of the shops are still closed or in the midst of opening so not much to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It has a more authentic feel about it then the old town of Lijiang. Of course there are lots of shops and stuff, but it feels a lot nicer. Do walk beyond where you think it stops. It's bigger then you think. And the centre is very nice with a broad choice of bars end restaurants

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Charming and quaint, this preserved town is a lovely (though cleaned up and polished) throw back to an earlier time in China. We loved it here.

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