We visited the ancient town of Shaxi on our way to Lijiang from Dali. Shaxi was a trade station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road, part of the Silk Road, and much of this history is still evident. Old cobble-stoned alleyways still look like they did hundreds of years ago. Many of the buildings including old inns have been restored in recent years - sponsored by Swiss & Chinese governments (according to our guide). Some historical photos and restoration work progress are on display in the Xingjiao temple building - worth having a look.
The Xingjiao temple is located opposite to the stage for Chinese Opera, across the town square. The temple frequented by Silk Road travellers has 3 sections, each separated by a courtyard with interesting plants & very old tress. One section of the building was for Buddhists, one for Taoists and one for Muslims. Fascinating co-existance!
Awesome town to spend an afternoon exploring.
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