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Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

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.

3  Thank travelmaker4
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

This town is almost a forgotten place. Few tourists come here and they don't know what they are missing out on.
You will enjoy walking the old streets and finding out what simplicity really means. Great to see during the day and also in the evening as the main square is still alive.

Don't forget to visit the museum across from the main building on the square. Not much to see on display but they have nice courtyards.

Lose your watch and enjoy...

2  Thank JeffBHongKong
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Very nice place, impressed by authenticity, calm, confortable, very happy about the place. i recommend to everybody.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Shaxi is about spending time to soak up the experiences, explore the countryside, walk, cycle - not just a quick trip to the town. The town itself is small and is being restored. It came alive alive on the Friday market day which we loved. The animal market on one side of the river was very interesting with local farmers arriving with sometimes only one mule, horse or goat to sell, others with small trucks holding several cows or horses. Pigs and piglets were also in abundance. On the otherside of the river, winding through the town square and streets were local produce, clothes, tools, street dentists, wig makers etc. The town was packed, mostly with locals, some in traditional dress. Just sitting and observing, sharing smiles and greetings was a memorable experience. It is easy to get out of the main town and explore the neighbouring villages by foot or bicycle. Foot is best as you have time to walk along the paddy fields, watch the farmers (many of them women)at their daily chores whether it is ploughing, planting rice, harvestinggrain or vegetables,watching over goats feeding. The local people are very friendly. The countryside is beautiful and pretty untouched by development at this stage. We loved the peaceful,quiet of the countryside and the privilege of gaining a small insight into local farming life. We stayed 3 nights at the Old Theatre Inn which is 4k's from Shaxi and set amongst the local farming communities. A great choice.

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We enjoyed our typical stay in this nice village. 3/4 street but all very typical. We walk down from the temples to the shaxi village and it was a great experience.

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