Address: Shuhe Road, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province
Best Visiting Season: Spring and Autumn (March to June, September to November)
Popular Activities: Campfire parties at Sifang Tingyin Square at eight o'clock every night
Building Function: A significant distribution center along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road (a tea trade route) and the earliest habitation for Nashi People (a Chinese ethnic group)
Overview of the Shuhe Ancient Town
The Main Entrance
Located in the northwest of Lijiang City, the Shuhe Ancient Town occupies a total area of 3 million square meters. It includes Qinglong Bridge, Ancient Tea Horse Road Museum, Dragon Pool, and other tourist attractions. Every evening, there is a campfire party at Sifang Tingyin Square.
Having stood there for more than one thousand years, the Shuhe Ancient Town was an important distribution center along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road (a tea trade route in history), and the earliest habitation for Nashi people (a Chinese ethnic group). In 1997, the Shuhe Ancient Town, as a critical part of Lijiang City, was listed as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. In 2005, it was awarded as National 5a-Class Scenic Spot (the highest level). Holding a profound cultural background, the Shuhe Ancient Town is the place where Nashi, Tea Horse, and agricultural civilization lie.
History of the Shuhe Ancient Town
During the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), tea horse exchange gradually formed between Tibet and Lijiang, which means Tibetan exchanged grains, goats, and horses for tea with people in Lijiang. The activity later developed into the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
In 1382, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of the Ming Dynasty commanded Aliang (the chief of Nashi people) to continue to administrate Lijiang and surrounding areas, awarding him the family name “Mu”.
During 1383-1500, the Mu Family constructed the Shuhe Ancient Town.
In 2003, a tourism development company of Lijiang invested large quantities of money to maintain the Shuhe Ancient Town.
In 2005, the Shuhe Ancient Town officially opened for tourism.
Must-visit Highlights at Shuhe Ancient Town
Sifang Street was the distribution center of the leather trade in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with nearly 300 families working on leather production. At that time, the leather products made by these families were sold to Tibet, Xichang, even to foreign countries such as India and Nepal. As such, people of surrounding villages joked that people of Shuhe could go through the world with only an awl (a tool used for making leather shoes).
Suggested Travel Route
Enter from South Gate of the Town→Sifang Tingyin Square→Western Hill Red Leaves→Shilian Night Reading→Qinglong Bridge→Sifang Street→Ancient Tea Horse Road Museum→Dragon Pool→Exit from the North Gate of the Town
How to Get to the Shuhe Ancient Town
Take bus 3 and get off at the Shuhe Guzhen Nanmen Station (South Gate of Shuhe Ancient Town).
Take bus 6, and get off at Shuhe Shangcun Station.
Take bus 5b and get off at Shuhe Nanmen Station.
Chinese: 请带我去束河古镇。English: Please take me to the Shuhe Ancient Town.
Chinese: 请带我去束河古镇的南门。English: Please take me to the South Gate of the Shuhe Ancient Town.
Chinese: 请带我去束河古镇的北门。English: Please take me to the North Gate of the Shuhe Ancient Town.
If you go to the Shuhe Ancient Town from the center of Lijiang (Lijiang Ancient Town), it takes about 30 minutes (about 35 yuan).
If you go to the Shuhe Ancient Town from the Lijiang Sanyi International Airport, it takes about 55 minutes (about 120 yuan).
If you go to the Shuhe Ancient Town from the Lijiang Train Station, it takes about 35 minutes (50 yuan).