Shaxi Old Theatre Inn
Duan Jia Deng Village, Shaxi Town
Jianchuan County, Dali, Yunnan, 671302, China
+86 872 4722 296
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Welcome to Shaxi Yunnan China - a cultural treasure of the ancient Tea Horse Road

Located halfway from Lijiang to Dali, Shaxi Yunnan is home to a beautifully preserved traditional way of life that offers a glimpse into a forgotten era. Shaxi has been protected from mass tourism due to its relative distance from popular destinations in Yunnan. But a new highway has made the driving distance from Dali to Shaxi or Lijiang just 90 minutes. The local government, keen to protect Shaxi's unique cultural heritage, is working with a conservation team that aims to create a sustainable travel strategy for the valley, encouraging activities that provide ownership opportunities for local families. Go now!

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A pristine valley in Yunnan China

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Nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills, halfway between the tourist hot-spots of Dali and Lijiang, lies the tranquil Shaxi valley, a sun drenched, fertile plain that follows the gentle Heihui River, a lesser known branch of the Mekong. There is no pollution, no airport and no traffic jams, but these are more than made up for by quiet cobbled streets, spectacular local architecture and impressive courtyard homes.  

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Old Theatre Inn - top Shaxi guesthouse TripAdvisor

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Congratulations to Shaxi Old Theatre Inn for it's 5th consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice ranking among the top 10 B&Bs/Inns in China. Book here on our website for guaranteed lowest rates and complimentary breakfast.

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A touching short video on the Barclay family's work in Shaxi

In this 5-minute short produced by Shanghai Yi Tiao, Old Theatre Inn partner Chris Barclay tells of his decision to rebuild an ancient nunnery called the Pear Orchard Temple and the theatre temple in Shaxi Duan Village to promote Shaxi heritage and culture.

Shaxi temple restaurant now open

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Enjoy authentic Shaxi organic cooking at the Pear Blossom, located in the Pear Orchard Temple in Diantou Village, Shaxi. The restaurant features an outstanding wine collection and amazing views of the valley from the upper terrace. Enjoy our Buddha's Hand Shaxi pizza, home made dumplings, traditional baba and other delights.

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Shaxi Pear Orchard Temple restoration complete

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American conservation group, the Ginkgo Society recently completed a major restoration of historic Ci Yin An (the Pear Orchard Temple) in Diantou Village, Shaxi. The temple continues to serve as a community and religious centre as well as the Shaxi Visitor's Centre, with a teahouse, cooking school, meditation center, Yoga terrace, classrooms and vegetarian dining. Ginkgo Society Founder, Chris Barclay, recently spoke at the Courtyard Institute in Bejing on the restoration process and how to balance sacred and secular issues in the management of the temple. Thanks to China Building Restoration for sponsoring and supporting heritage conservation in China. 

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Newly soundproofed rooms at Old Theatre Inn

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The Old Theatre Inn is Shaxi's premier boutique hotel, and is a registered historical landmark. It's unique theatre temple performances, homemade meals and friendly village staff make for an unforgettable China experience. For 2016, all rooms are soundproofed - a first among Shaxi hotels.

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Dali to Shaxi expressway now open!

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The new expressway from Dali to Shaxi has cut travel time between cities to only 90 minutes and similar travel time from Lijiang to Shaxi. For those who prefer an off-the-beaten-path approach, we recommend getting here with Insiders Expeditions unique tours. You can see their YouTube video here.

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Boston University students enjoy a day at the Shaxi temple

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The Ginkgo Society hosted a group of students from Boston University's Shanghai Center on a day trip to Shaxi that included cooking class at the temple, supporting farmers working in their fields and traditional dance at the temple.

>> See more photos here

Yunnan mushroom hunting in Shaxi

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If you're a fan of mushroom hunting, Shaxi is your paradise. Check out this beautiful piece on the wonders of Yunnan mushrooms by Beth Kracklauer and Anna Lindquist in Saveur Magazine.

>> information on our Shaxi mushroom picking tour here.

Esoteric Buddhism in the Dali region of Yunnan

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Shaxi English guide Apple Li, a local Bai woman writes on the history of a unique blend of ancient Buddhism found in Shaxi.

>> read the story here

The Monkeys of Shaxi Shibaoshan

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BBC Travel features this great short about the Monkeys of Shibao Mountain in Shaxi.

The best Italian pizza and pasta in Shaxi!

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Tom Fischbach's Tumu Kitchen is a delightful hideaway in Shaxi Old Town, featuring the most authentic Italian pizza and pasta in Shaxi.

>> see menu and photos here

Shaxi photos from Rough Guide tours

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Check out these stunning Yunnan photos from writer and photographer David Abram at adventure tour experts Rough Guides. Scroll to the end to see Shaxi photos, including Pear Orchard Temple and Old Theatre Inn.

Preserving a way of life in Shaxi Yunnan

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Shaxi's recent temple and market square restoration by architect Jacques Feiner with funding from the Swiss government, has breathed new life into this ancient caravan town and won a Unesco Award of Distinction for cultural heritage preservation.     >> Read more

The Tea Horse Road Yunnan

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The vestigial cobblestone path lasts only 50 feet, climbs a set of broken stairs, then once again disappears, swept away by years of monsoonal deluges. I carry on, entering a narrow passage where the sidewalls are so steep and slippery I have to hang on to trees to keep from falling into the bouldery creek far below.    >> read more

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Afternoon Tea at a heritage Shaxi guesthouse

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Shaxi Old Theatre Inn Resident Manager Sam learns pastry making in Yangshuo with our favorite Italian chef! Look for delicious croissants, baguettes, cheesecake and local fruit tarts at Old Theatre Inn this Spring!