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Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, Dali

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Cobblestone alleyways and traditional caravanserais form the trademark of Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, an important stopover on the ancient Tea Horse Road. The well-preserved urban core of this old trading settlement will transport you back in time, helping you will feel a blend of ancient trade and Buddhism. Walk across the precariously arched, 6 m (20 ft) tall brick and stone footbridge over the Yujin River, and admire its stone-carved turtle head. Climb the 700-year-old Chinese theater stage and expore Square Street, the heart and soul of the town. You can also visit Xingjiao temple, which has three separate sections for Buddhist, Taoist, and Muslim visitors. Put Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dali online trip itinerary planner .
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  • A wonderful resort where you can still feel the atmosphere of ancient China. Formerly Caravanserai on the way you and the horses received the caravans of merchants, now welcomes crowds of tourists, especially local, thronging the streets of this jewel set in Yunnan. Beautiful square with the temple and theatre. Do not miss the Friday market in which to exhibit their goods small merchants of different ethnic groups from around the city.
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  • For centuries, Shaxi was a trading town on the tea-horse trail, and on Fridays when the market comes to town, it still feels that way. If you are a local, everything you might want can be found, rangi...  more »
  • Great place, has lot of old bai naxi village to explore, people are nice, its feel went back time. recomment this place, best way to get their is by privet car, but there are public bus but have to ch...  more »

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A popular tourist destination for budget travelers, Dali offers a wide choice of places to stay. Hotels cluster on the southern and southeastern lakeshore, with luxurious five-star establishments closer to the Three Pagoda area. As an attractive spot for young travelers, Dali offers a range of cheap hostels and scores of guesthouses across the city. Most budget establishments sit just outside the west gate of the old town, or closer to the east gate. However, popular places fill up quickly during the summer period, so make sure you reserve your room in advance.
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