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Shuhe Ancient Town

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Address: 2 Miles North West of Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China
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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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Not as touristy as Lijiang Ancient town and goods about 1/2 the price

Many of the buildings over 1300 years old. Very relaxing. I was looking for a massage spa and finally found one on the opposite side of town the day I was leaving, so it was too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Athens, Ohio

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Athens, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of the buildings over 1300 years old. Very relaxing. I was looking for a massage spa and finally found one on the opposite side of town the day I was leaving, so it was too late to try it out. I would recommend a horse back tour, which is a good way to cover a lot of ground quickly.... More 

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Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just another "old town" with the standard trinket shops and snack vendors. All of the same touristy things you can find in the Lijiang Old Town, but less upscale. Entrance fee is 40 RMB, compared to the 80 for Lijiang Old Town. Don't waste time going to both of them.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

quiete a nice experience to visit old shuhe town in August now many tourists but still a place to relax and visit all the small Shops with many local products and nice restaurants

Thank MaBar2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed there two nights five years ago and the town was amazing! At that time very few people spoke English and there were very few tourists. I am sure that by now more people have discovered what an enchanting and historic place it is. I would highly recommend visiting if you have the time.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

But off course not easy comparable. Although still toeristic the town is less crowded. Recommended to stay here and take a cab up and down to see Lijiang old town and the few interesting highlights around. Town itself also stopped breathing the Naxi culture (Lijiang did alteady years ago), but from here you can rent a bike and ride to... More 

Thank Daan H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in the old town for three nights in two different traditional hotels in the middle of thevold town. Quaint wooden construction and can easily book via Booking.com. Good double room from about £15 per night. Great to look around and shop for local crafts and gifts. Good base for visiting Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (see my review), Shangrila (see... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ShuHe is a pleasant place where you get to enjoy the ambience of a quaint town. There's a stream flowing through the centre of the town where cafes and restaurants could be found. Desti Youth Park bordering the town is a great place to stay, offering dorm and private room.

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Zhuhai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

I didn't know what to expect, with most of these places the tend to be a little false and commercial but seeing that we booked our hotel within the old town itself we didn't have far to travel. If you stay within the town you are expected to pay a fee of 80 yuan each, which came as a shock!... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Shuhe Ancient Town is essentially a giant tourist trap loaded with small shops. It was nice to walk through the town, but I enjoyed Baisha much more.

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

That is really amazing place. Shops are a lot but when you enter Shuhe, you enter fairy tail )Really old buildings with old time spirit

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