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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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  • Shaxi Town, tea Horse the only remaining on the road with the thousand-year history of the town, the flowers fell to the quiet, the Swiss found after the old concept of involution to retain the ancient town legacy. I spent one weeks in the town of Shaxi, this is a detached place, where people seem to be aloof, there is no time for the concept of the morning Nine to nine o'clock after the street almost old no one, very quiet. Idle to stroll in the ancient town of red brick Slate street, or walk in the Heihui River Yujin Bridge, let the sun shine, see Autumn Leaves wandering, "day net sand." Autumn thought "has been wandering in the mind, the picture is very strong, a moment has a sense of crossing." Shaxi Town for a daze, reading, drinking tea, sun, but also a light and shadow of the world, many photographers here linger. In a word, shaxi is a very worthwhile place, if you want to come, come as soon as possible, then do not know what will become, at least her present appearance, I said very much.
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  • The owner of one shop was very gratified when I told her (via our driver) that if she could sell the same items at a store in New York at several times her prices, she'd make a fortune. I think that's...  more »
  • We visited Shaxi Ancient town for a half day. We organised a non-english speaking driver and car from a local tourist agency in Dali Old town. This was a much cheaper option than taking an organised t...  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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