Welcome to Shaxi China, a cultural treasure of the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan
Located halfway between Lijiang and 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 to Shaxi under 90 minutes from both Lijiang and Dali. The local government, keen to protect Shaxi's unique cultural heritage, is working with an American conservation team that aims to create a sustainable travel strategy for the valley, encouraging activities that provide ownership opportunities for local families. Go now!
The Last unspoiled valley in Yunnan China
Nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills, almost half-way 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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Winterized and soundproofed rooms at Old Theatre Inn
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. From 2015, all rooms will be supplied with radiant heat and complete soundproofing - a first among Shaxi hotels.
Shaxi temple restaurant now open
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 authentic Shaxi pizza, dumplings, baba and other delights.
Pear Orchard Temple reopens after 2-year restoration
American conservation group, The Ginkgo Society have leased the rights to historic Ci Yin An (the Pear Orchard Temple) in Diantou Village, Shaxi. The temple will continue 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.
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New expressway now open!
The new expressway from Lijiang to Dali has cut travel time between cities to 2 hours, and only 90 minutes from either Dali or Lijiang to Shaxi.
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Boston University students enjoy a day at the Shaxi temple
Best mushroom hunting in Shaxi Yunnan
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.
A folk temple's story in Shaxi
Here's a beautifully written piece on the Shaxi Pear Orchard Temple history restoration from GoKunming.
Shaxi Market listed by World Monuments Fund
The Shaxi Market Area, located in China's Yunnan Province on the historic Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that links Tibet with Southeast Asia, is the most complete surviving example of a trading center along this route. The Shaxi Market contains an intact theater, guesthouses for merchants, a temple precinct, and is surrounded by protective gates
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The best Italian pizza and pasta in Shaxi!
Tom Fischbach's Tumu Kitchen is a delightful hideaway in Shaxi Old Town, featuring the most authentic Italian pizza and pasta in Shaxi.
Yunnan foreign hoteliers in the news
The New York Times business section features a story on the Old Theatre Inn and Linden Centre.
Preserving a way of life in Shaxi Yunnan
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
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
Take a vacation that respects natrual habitats and helps improve the local community.