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Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, Dali

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • We continue our trip passing through villages consisting of small houses in mud and wood with gray tile roofs nestled between fields and adorned with flowering trees. Thankfully no sand pit or Hill gutted is the backdrop to this bucolic landscape. We are therefore in Shaxi, a charming historic town, also on the historic "way of Tea", not to be confused with the more famous Shanxi province in northern China. The Center is very small, there are only three streets and a charming small square surrounded by the typical wooden constructions. Old point horse Caravan that carried tea in these remote regions, the old city of Shanxi is a village with a long history dating back to the warring States period (770 BC-221BC) so we try to tell our guide Zhao. It was built on the ruins of an ancient market town and was once an active stage of trade along the southern silk road that connected China with South-East Asia and Europe, which is actually even older than the more famous silk road (in the North), having its realization jumped the gun by at least 300 years. Most of the buildings have been restored with great skill in order to exalt their historical value at the expense from the countless atrocities committed in China during the cultural revolution. For a few moments Barbara and I want to enjoy the bucolic atmosphere and relaxing at the same time of Shanxi. Sitting at a wooden table, a little place overlooking the square Sifang, Let's enjoy the idyllic and enchanted atmosphere that surrounds us. Sifang is the central square of the village with the small temple being restored and meander the streets surrounded by houses with branches planted in the doors, which – according to the popular imagination – served to keep out the snakes. Everything is perfect in his shop the Barber cuts your hair to a man who wears a blue uniform, mindful of the moments that were at the time of Mao.
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  • A friend who has lived in Yunnan for decades described Shaxi old town as having "what used to draw adventurers to Dali." He referenced the long, peaceful, star-lit nights, the small family farms, the ...  read more »
  • 古時候馬幫的必經小鎮,小橋流水,成片花海,安靜的享受這裡清新的空氣。這裡客棧是靜謐的,充滿禪意,在鬱蔥的庭院裡看書,甚是舒服。 
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