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Shuhe Ancient Town

2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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Ranked #4 of 71 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a smaller version and slightly less touristy version of Lijiang Ancient Town. It is quieter and more relaxed and perhaps will give you what you are looking for. Wander off into the side streets and you enter another world. there is an interesting and free museum for the "Old Tea Route" when tea was manually transported to the... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's incredibly touristy on the main drag. But wander off into the side streets and you'll find a slice of old Lijiang. But it's a pretty spot and if you're nearby, go take a look.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Shuhe old town is much better than Lijiang old town. It's more peaceful for a couple to relax in. There are some authentic Yunnan goods to be bought as well as some nice restaurants soak up the Yunnan culture. Take a trip over to the west side over the small river at night to get away from the terrible music... More

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Guangzhou, China
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We rented bicycles and cycled to Shuhe. We fell in love with this ancient town- filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. it has a different charm than Lijiang Old Town. there are plenty of buses and taxis around but i 100% recommend a visit here- even if just for an afternoon!

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I would prefer Shuhe better than Lijiang ancient town, this town is not very commercial and has its unique nuances.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Old buildings, again mostly turned into shops. Much quieter than Li Jiang, and reachable from that city by bicycle if you're a little adventurous.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Loved this Shuhe Ancient Town - more authentic, less people and better prices This is big so you better explore it - lots of corners - but loved that it is less commercial and less explored - and people are so nice Have a beer at the Stout Beer House - it is nice to relax and listen to the... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were in Lijiang Old Town two times until we thought we'd try something new and went to Shuhe. The thing that made us go bananas was the beautiful garden-thing, with the trees and bridges and flowing water. It was simply just beautiful and took our breath away. Deffinately worth a visit if you are in that part of Yunnan.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Like most of China, modernisation and development is booming in the Lijiang region. Old towns like Shuhe and Bai shui, that few years ago had few if any shops, hotels and relatively few tourists are now travelling the same path as old Lijiang town itself. But as a base, we much prefer Shuhe, its less busy and more open

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is the place to be in Lijiang. Forget Lijiang Old Town, its way too touristy. Shuhe Ancient Town is quaint with beautiful waterways and a more original feel to the old buildings. The people are more friendly and a nice dinner for 2 can be had for 150rmb. The streets are wider and the network of canals and waterways... More

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