Shaxi China Old Theatre Inn
Shaxi Old Town, Duan Village
Shaxi, Jianchuan, 671302, China
+86 872 4722 296
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Welcome to Shaxi China, a cultural treasure of the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan

Located halfway between Lijiang and Dali, the Shaxi Valley 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 a Sino-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

  • Courtyard gate, Shaxi 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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The historic guesthouse in Shaxi Yunnan

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Congratulations to the Old Theatre Inn for it's 2nd consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice ranking among the top 20 B&Bs/Inn in China.

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Beautiful renovated Shaxi guestrooms 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. This Summer the Inn is offering complimentary breakfast for all guests.

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Shaxi Summer Harvest Party

Hong Kong International School learning adventure in Shaxi

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In March, 9th and 10th grade students from Hong Kong International School spent 6 days in a tailor-made experiential learning program, in which they stayed with a local family and got a first hand look at Shaxi architecture, ecotourism, and sustainable farming.

>> follow their story here.

Pear Orchard Temple reopens after 3-year restoration

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Sino-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 and vegetarian dining.

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New expressway now open!

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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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Vegetarian delight in Shaxi Old Town

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Hungry Buddha, a new style vegetarian restaurant by Mauro Anzideo open near the East Gate.

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Best mushroom hunting in Shaxi Yunnan

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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.

Must read travel article on Shaxi Yunnan

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Here's a beautifully written piece on Shaxi from GoKunming with some incredible photos by Yereth Jansen

Shaxi Market listed by World Monuments Fund

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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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Yunnan foreign hoteliers in the news

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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

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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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