Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Ancient Town, Lijiang: Hours, Address, Shuhe Ancient Town Reviews: 4/5

Shuhe Ancient Town
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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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Ailton007
Seattle, WA826 contributions
We went during off season and just after a heavy rain shower. It wasn't crowded at all, the sun came out and we just strolled through this nice old town, went to a couple of cafes and took pictures. Spend roughly 3 hours here and were able to walk from our Arro Khampa hotel. People were friendly and we had a great Yunnan Arabica coffee and snow mountain shaped mousse cake. People were generally friendly and it was a nice way to unwind, having arrived on the same day from Dali. Maybe not quite as picturesque as Lijiang UNESCO Old Town but still worth a visit.
Written September 21, 2021
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Loïs B
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There's almost no point going there if you've been to lijiang old town. It's basically the same but with more loud bars and tourist cars blasting loud music through the streets. Go a little bit north to Baisha village for a more pleasant experience.
Written December 1, 2020
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GodBlessMali
Shanghai Region, China121 contributions
If I hadn't visited Lijiang's Old Town prior to visiting this one, I would have given this one a five "star" review. The Shuhe Ancient Town is a beautiful one to visit, but it pales in comparison to Lijiang's Old Town. I'm glad I visited both as they are different in some aspects.

If you have time to visit both, please do so, but if you have time only for one, I do recommend you visit Lijiang's Old Town.
Written June 29, 2020
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DanaeTrik
Shenzhen, China238 contributions
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Quieter and more authentic than Lijiang. We had an amazing lunch at Bivou watching the farmers work and then had a nice stroll in the city. Shuhe is not so popular among tourists therefore gives a different vibe. Shops are less touristy and more traditional and there a lot of cozy coffee shops.

It is definitely worth visiting and to be honest a better accommodation choice if you prefer a more authentic experience in Yunnan.
Written October 8, 2021
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MiAlGa
Beijing, China36 contributions
Much smaller than Lijian Old Town but definitely worth a visit. Many shops are still closed but there are plenty of architectural marvels to enjoy. Restaurants were in operation and we enjoyed a delicious local lunch.
Written May 13, 2020
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SeeMoreLiveMore
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
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The Lijiang Old Town UNESCO site actually consists of 3 old towns: Dayan, Shuhe and Baisha. Dayan is the usual one that is being referred to when Lijiang Old Town is being talked about. As much as I enjoyed Dayan, in spite of the teeming hordes of tourists, I find Shuhe to be a more enjoyable place. This could be because it is smaller and thus, have fewer shops and less tourists, along with its narrower streets. In the original old town, there is a certain peacefulness and serenity, despite the buzz, because the place feels more lived-in, with many locals still using the place as they would. It further helps that farms and a pretty river intersperse the old town. In the 'new' old town (i.e., built recently for tourism), there are many restaurants and cafes to cater to tourists' needs. A good mix: convenient, yet a invisibly distinct separation.
Written June 30, 2013
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tnu
New York City, NY72 contributions
The old village is now a warren of guest houses, bars, restaurants and curio shops. There's not much of a view and much of the architecture is non-descript or new. If that sounds like a tourist trap, then that's exactly what it is. There's some novelty value, but it soon wears off. The food is pretty pedestrian - oily sichuanese, or bland yunnanese. Interesting to visit for a couple of hours if you are there already, but certainly not a good reason to visit Lijiang.
Written July 22, 2011
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elPatagon
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This "old town" has been built 10 years ago on a nice and simple real old village.
What they call Shuhe ancient town is just a joke and another was to vampirize tourists.
Written December 25, 2015
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Candywhite9595
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
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We stayed at Shuhe for five nights and were delighted to discover that the ancient town is still as charming, albeit all spruced up after our last visit in 2003 but yet retain it's identity as an important stop in the Tea-Horse route.

Having stayed in Lijiang's Dayan old town twice, each time more disillusioned than the last, we decided to base ourselves in Shuhe for 6 days as we had planned slow travel for this trip. The old town has it's charms, not as pretty as Dayan but here the restoration of the old buildings are kept authentic and not plasticky. It has a rugged feel to it, quite befitting of its historical value as a tea-horse stop.

Shehe's location is ideal for anyone attempting to try walking the ancient tea-horse trail or rather experience walking a portion of it. The best trail we discovered is after the refurbished caravan leader's house. It's located after the old square, cross over the ancient stone bridge and you can seek out the caravan leader's house - from there there is a trail up into the hills. On the trail, (take the second left turn) and continue climbing towards the top. Its a short hour's climb (less if you are younger and fitter), and from there, you can see the old town spread out, particularly beautiful if you go up for sunrise. There are horses for hire in the towns, but we did not try that as we wanted to walk.

Although there are other trails, one that lead to another village (as we understood from a local we met on the way), we did not attempt as it would be more prudent to hire a guide. The trails are not marked. We went down to the town by another unmarked trail as we were unable to find the original trail back after sunrise....and landed in the backyard of a local B&B.

If you are adventurous, rent a electric motor bike for 40 yuan a day and you can ride to Baisha and Yuhu old towns. It's a great way to explore as hiring a private car is expensive and you don't get to explore the surrounding fully. The roads are wide and safe to ride - and Baisha is just 15-20 mins ride away. There is one rental at the entrance to the North Gate of Shuhe old town. Huge signboards on the road to various attractions, so it's quite difficult to get lost.

We also spent time chilling in the cafes, listening to music. There are many talented young chinese musicians in the cafes around, especially near the upstream area, playing their own creations.This is not at the Bar street where it is highly commercialised and crowded. The bar street is located at a different part of the old town (smart move by the town planners, probably after seeing the disastrous effect in Dayan old town), and we only discovered it on our last night!

Shuhe has a selection of good boutique hotels and small charming inns. We stayed at Arryo Khampa which requires a 20 min walk into town, but it's excellent in all other aspects, Food choices in the old town is good, and you can even get authentic korean food at the restaurant run by a korean couple no less.

Shuhe has a lot to offer over Dayan ancient town and it's definitely worth stopping over for a couple of nights, preferably not in summer though. The UV light is so strong in Lijiang and even in early June, it was burning hot during the day and the skin visibly darkens after a day of exposure.
Written July 8, 2017
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Kris M
Pittsburgh, PA118 contributions
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This was our first trip to China and we didn't know what to expect. We were hoping for a contrast to our big-city experiences in Beijing, Shanghai, and Kunming, and we were not disappointed. We were happy to stay in the village of Shuhe just a 15-min cab ride from Lijiang (about 40 minutes total from the airport). We visited the Old Town of Lijiang during our stay as well and were happy to be in the smaller and quainter Shuhe. From Shuhe we were also able to walk about 30 minutes north along portions of the ancient Tea Horse Road to the charming village of Baisha (highly recommended) were we found some of the favorite souvenirs of our trip including embroidery, carvings, and jewelry.

Shuhe has a lot to offer. We stayed in the chic Bivou lodge, toured around the many shops, enjoyed the local food, danced in the square to Naxi music with scores of people, and hiked to a hilltop adorned with hundreds of prayer flags. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain forms a beautiful backdrop and is quite accessible for day trips to the Tiger Leaping Gorge (next time!)
Written April 26, 2017
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