Shaxi Ancient Town
Shaxi Ancient Town
4.5
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Lim Woan Huah
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a forgotten ancient small town between Dali and Lijiang. Quiet , slow moving , still retaining the pebble route taken by the tea merchant from Dali to Tibet, among the narrow alleys lined by ancient houses which the merchants stayed for a night rest before carrying on with their month long journey. The old town was guided by gates to prevent bandits from robbing these merchants. Sideng square housed an ancient opera stage n a temple of Bai people.
Written January 4, 2020
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Frank O
Gosford, Australia125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
I visited this Ancient Town during my stay in Taicang and I found it to be very interesting and the area opened my eyes as to how many people live here opposed to what I am used to in Australia.
Written December 2, 2014
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mptan2015
Singapore, Singapore254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Recommend to see this town before it gets too commercialized. This historic town was an important part of the tea horse road. The old theatre in the middle of the town and a visit to the Ouyang family home are a must. The Ouyang family made their fortune as inn keepers in the early days and the descendants still live there. For 10 rmb per person the matriarch would be happy to give you a tour of the family courtyard home which is very much in the original condition.
Written October 16, 2019
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Grant713
Linwood, Michigan75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
I went with an American friend and his Chinese wife to visit Shaxi Watertown on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. They have probably visited hundreds of historical and other sites in China - it's a passion for him.
Unlike most of the similar tourist areas in China - this one still has not caught on with the crowds - very empty streets on both sides of the river - very few shops open. The old architecture was very well preserved - although a bit crumbling on the river side. Very few shop open for the tourist trade Some very picturesque bridges over the small river. Easy to find the town - but a little hard to find the street entrance - and it was a free one.
Written September 4, 2013
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Xi L
Belmont, CA146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
It is a small town about 90 mins drive from Shanghai. Takes about 1-2 hours to stroll from one end to the other. Nothing too special about this town, so only come here if you have been to others like Nanxun, Wuzhen, Tongli, Xitang, etc.
Written July 4, 2017
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PlatinumForeverDUS
Shanghai, China2,505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
Great place to go - if you like water villages. It is very different from the other water villages like Zhou Zhuang, Tongli, Xitang, Luzhi, ... Less crowded, less waterways but real people living in the houses - it is not a show but real life ...
Written November 22, 2015
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908Laura
San Francisco, CA1,728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this little town as part of our day trip to Shibaoshan.

According to our guide, this town is older than both the more famous Shuhe ancient town and Dayan ancient town. In comparison, this place is much less commercialized or developed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll through the town. Just outside the town, we were lucky enough to drive by a field of beautiful spring flowers. It was magnificent.

I highly recommend this as a day trip together with a visit to Shibaoshan.

If you are with children like us and especially if you don't speak Mandarin, I recommend you get a driver/guide for this day trip.
Written April 15, 2015
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frederic680
Hua Hin, Thailand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
We are very glad that we visited Shaxi, having also visited Lijing and Dali. The latter, while still attractive, have become rather commercialized,whereas Shaxi is still mostly unspoiled. Most people encountered in the street are locales going about their business, rather than tourists. (We visited in March, the low season, when the weather is glorious. Things may be different during the high season). Shaxi is not easy to get to: On has to take a big bus from Lijiang or Dali to JIanchian, then switch to a green minibus. To pick up the minibus, it is necessary to cross the street from the main bus station to the minibus area. We did not know that and ended up taking an ordinary bus which took forever.
If you have enough time, and are reasonably fit, do not miss the Jibaoshan temple area.
Written March 20, 2015
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Franck88
Beijing, China75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
One of the latest free ancient places around Shanghai (as most of them now charge a fee). Small of course but interesting to make nice pictures of Jiangnan. A bit too busy in the week ends due to Shanghai families coming to bargain local stuff.
Written June 4, 2019
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CyborgStu
Wirral, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
It is the first time I visited Shaxi Ancient Town. It isn’t as glamorous as the other water village areas, but it is more ‘real’.

There is a canal with old boats in it. There are lots of little shops selling a range of food, stinky tofu, toys. There are some cafes, though not tested.

I was pleasantly surprised by the area.
Written April 21, 2019
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