Shangli Ancient Town

Shangli Ancient Town, Ya'an: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Shangli Ancient Town Reviews: 4/5

Shangli Ancient Town
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lukas v
Ghent, Belgium16 contributions
old China like you imagine it
Jul 2017 • Solo
When entering China you will be overwhelmed with the huge cities full of starbucks, skyscrapers and cars. But when you want to have a glimps of the more traditional way of this strange country going to Ya'an's old town (Shangli town) is the way to go. the small wooden buildings used as shops, noodle bars and souvenir stalls may seem touristic instead of authentic, but during summer the atmoshpere in this place is a nice change from the city. With the river, the close forests and the long drive uphill you feel like in a different place. the people are friendly and even without knowing Chinese you can learn about the buildings (most of them have english information signs when entering) and enjoy the nature (further into town there is a small track to a lake). try some roast duck and noodles on the small town plaza during sunset, real nice.
Written October 17, 2017
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Sharon J
76 contributions
Georgious old town
Jul 2017 • Solo
Lovely old town, very pretty and a peak into past times. Lots of places to eat and buy souvenirs. A couple of hours is more than enough time required here
Written July 11, 2017
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,551 contributions
A Rather Shabby Tourist Market
Feb 2017 • Couples
Shangli prides itself as being one of Sichuan's best ancient towns, but somehow this place was very unconvincing. There are only a small number of truly ancient structures. Most noteworthy of these are the Qing Dynasty Han's Complex and the stone arch of the Erxian Bridge.

Much of the rest is a tacky collection of identikit restaurants with modern interiors and timber facades which are glossily new. Yes, you will see some old stonework here and there, but this ancient town, as a whole, does not convince.

Perhaps the best feature is the setting in a cool, green valley with mountain streams running through the area everywhere. However, while the air is fresher than in Chengdu, you won't be captivated by this touristic village.
Written February 8, 2017
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Shingi N
21 contributions
Ancient City
Sep 2016 • Friends
A gem in the quiet mountains. Walk through the timber market, grab a local snack or a full meal..i had pork noodles seasoned with bamboo shoots and spring onions. A lot of handmade items and Tibetan textile. Full of history and culture. China to the world
Written September 1, 2016
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cikgumike
Kuching, Malaysia377 contributions
Nice Ancient Town with cheap food
Aug 2016 • Friends
What can be better than cheap food and a good ancient town. We were here for a friend's wedding and had to visit this place which was amazing. Spend some time drinking tea by the river and try the famous noodles.
Written August 28, 2016
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olssonmalin
Gävle, Sweden98 contributions
Real China
Dec 2014
Many shops with souvenirs and some restaurants. This place feels typical China so it's really worth a visit :)
Written July 5, 2015
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Dom21076
Thailand208 contributions
Superb! Off-the-beaten tracks...
Oct 2014 • Family
You will need a car to get to this very charming traditional village. You will see the town’s old bridges, houses, traditional opera stage; lots of shops where local artists sell their craft; small local, good restaurants. The day we visited, many students from a nearby arts school were spread all over town to sketch its many lovely spots - the fact that there were not so many tourists also made the visit all the more enjoyable! Overnight stays in traditional guesthouses possible.
Written November 16, 2014
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Jack M
Brighton and Hove, UK9 contributions
breathe of fresh air
Oct 2014 • Couples
Our first stop in China was Chengdu, which we did enjoy, but it was too high market and didn't really have the feel of China that we wanted.
I had did some research and found this little gem of a town.
It was easy to get to Ya'an from chengdu, via bus and then we tracked down a little minibus that took us to the ancient city, through the meandering lanes, along the mountainside. Overall spending about £6 for the 4hr journey.
We found a guesthouse that we stayed in for £5 for the 2 of us and set about looking around the town.
There is so much history in this place and every way you turn is a perfect photograph. I loved getting lost down the little alleyways and behind the shops.
I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see a traditional chinese town.
Written November 5, 2014
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Rachel H
liverpool267 contributions
Historical yet remains for tourists
Jul 2014 • Solo
The existence of this historical continues only due to the large numbers of tourists who fill the streets and local shops. Without tourists there would be little to it, yet it caters well for visitors by having salespeople speaking varying languages, easy to spot prices and food ready to grab and go. The town is great for photos and you can get into the river, crossing the stepping stones or bridge for best shots. Getting to and from here is hard, as you must use the taxi vans,which rely on being full and having unknowing foreigners pay out more than they should for the short journey to Ya'an or Bifengxia base (around 30mins) If you're going in a taxi or bus route, make sure you only pay to 5yuan fee and state clearly where you want to get off (even write it down or get a local to do so) Also tell the driver to leave as soon as possible otherwise they wait for every seat to be full so you may be waiting up to an hour, or you can threaten to get in another vehicle, so hold on to your cash until the engine has started.
The shops all sell similar souvenirs, many of which have pandas on or are traditionally Chinese. The prices are good in comparison to other tourist sites such as the Bifengxia base, but wander into neighboring shops you may find them cheaper so have a look around first and perhaps barter with the shopkeepers before you buy, especially on more expensive items.This is best place to stock up on snacks, drinks etc as there are many convenience stores and much cheaper than on site or small stall prices.
If you go from 5pm onwards, the streets fill with bbq grills which serve all sorts of meat/fish/veg on sticks and the smells are mouth watering so hard not to stop and taste some interesting bbq food, and very low prices. Chicken foot may not be your favourite but if done on the bbq it's probably the best it's going to taste and a cultural experience for sure!
Written September 1, 2014
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Yaanvisitor
Tilehurst, UK14 contributions
Our various visits to Shangi.
Sep 2013 • Family
Such a lovely place, we chose to have our Wedding album photos taken there and in the gorge running up to it from my Wifes home town of Yaan. Yes I am from England and wonderfully married to a Ya Girl.
I love the food and the setting, another plus is that all the new development where there is any follows the ancient building styles. This does help as it is in an earthquake area.
A meal by the river is a must and I just have to return very soon.
My in laws are demanding it.
David Lily and Katie.
Written August 29, 2014
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