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The Old Town of Shuhe 


Shuhe, also "Shaowu" in Naxi language, means "the village at the foot of the high hill". In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name.Four kilometers (2 miles) to the northwest of the Old Town of Lijiang , at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain , lies a compact village hidden in the forest, the Old Town of Shuhe. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has listed it as an important component of Lijiang as it is a well-preserved example of a town along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of the ancestors of Naxi people . It is called ' the hometown of springs'. 
 
Ambling along Sifang Street, you will
feel time slowly flowing backwards.
Though it is only 30 meters long
(32 yards), the smooth flagstone
remind you of their flourishing past.
Listen carefully, you can even hear
the light ringing sound of busy horses'
hooves from far away places.

  
Qinglong Bridge, built of stone pieces, measuring about 25 meters long (27 yards), 4.5 meters wide (4.9 yards) and 4 meters high (13 feet), was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the countless old stone bridges in Lijiang, it is regarded as 'the First'. The deck has  been pock-marked over hundreds of years, revealing the solemn passing of history.
 
There is a deep pool at the end of the street, called Long Pool (Dragon Pool), from which the overflowing water winds through the village, and the bubbling sound can be heard miles away. Fishes in the pool are appreciated by every tourist,
because they are close to people. When you throw food to them, they will fight each other for it. Beside the pool lies  a broken stele. When knocked by a stone, it sends out a sharp and light ringing sound, which is very pleasant. Above Long
Pool is a temple called 'Sansheng Palace'. Standing against the wooden railings, you can have a bird's eye view of the village presenting a poetic rural idyll.

Shuhe was built along the mountainside and faces the river. There are two rivers on each side of it that go through the whole, village. Channels were dug so that the water would pass by each house. Rivers, channels and roads make a dense web and link the town in a tight structure just like a honeycomb. People use stones in the nearby mountains to make the walls of their houses. Compared to those in the ancient old town, the houses here are even more natural. Right in the middle of Shuhe, there is a square market, which is called Shuhe Square Market. Observing closely, you will find that the one in the old town was built totally according to this one. Walking in Shuhe, you will have the feeling that this ancient town of Shuhe is the model of the Old Town while the Old Town is tension and development of Shuhe.

The town is alive with the strong culture of primitive simplicity. If you are tired by the hustle and bustle of city life, come here, the tranquility of country life will certainly relax and revive you.

Admission Fee:

CNY 30
CNY 80 for the Protection Fare of the Old Town

Bus Route: The Old Town of Lijiang-The Old Town of Shuhe Special Line

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