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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...More
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...More
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...More
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.
You can grab a microbus at the Ya'an Tourist Station for ~10 RMB (40 minutes) to Shangli or hire a private driver for ~60 RMB. The drive is beautiful and not too curvy.
Shangli is a breath of fresh air from Ya'an. The city if...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
Hey there! You won't find any direct buses to Shangli, you need to take a bus to Ya'an (should be one every 30min from Xinanmen bus station), once in Ya'an at the front of the bus station you will find mini-buses going to... More
Hey there! You won't find any direct buses to Shangli, you need to take a bus to Ya'an (should be one every 30min from Xinanmen bus station), once in Ya'an at the front of the bus station you will find mini-buses going to Bifengxia, Shangli, etc, just ask Shangli and climb in.