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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. Use our Dali trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town and other attractions in Dali.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Life in this ancient town Shaxi is of unbelievably calm pace. There are outsiders from other provinces who came & opened business here but those who managed to stay & settled here are the ones who lov...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    it's a very preserved ancient city, very commercialized. cater to the tourists. shopping abundance, you can also find McDonald's and Turkish ice cream shop!  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Shaxi has long been when of my favorite spots to take foreign visitors to Yunnan. Especially in the summer when Lijiang tends to be rainy and crowded (and Yulong Mtn in the clouds), Shaxi with neighbo...  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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