Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Ancient Town (or Old Town of Shuhe) is located in the heart of all the scenic area of Lijiang, it is the pivotal point to visit the ancient city of Lijiang, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lugu Lake, First Bend of the Yangtze River and Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan Protected Areas.

From the north of Lijiang Old Town, along the east side of the road in the Zhong Ji Sea for about four kilometers, there are a dense village locates in both sides of the hill foot, which is known as the hometown of springs Shuhe. This is Shuhe Ancient Town. And it was described in Xu Xiake Travels.

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. Right in the middle of Shuhe, there is a square market, which is called Shuhe Square Market. People use stones to make the walls of their houses. Compared to those in the other ancient old town, the houses here are even more natural.

Shuhe Ancient Town is also called Town of Springs. North of the village there are Jiuding and Shuhe two Dragon Pools, which water is clear and shimmering.

As the well preserved inn of the Tea Horse Road originated from Tang Dynasty (618—907), Shuhe Ancient Town was listed as "World Heritage" in 1997. Every year, there are a large number of tourists come here to experience the unique culture charm and historical atmosphere of the ancient town.

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