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Restored historic Shaxi temple now open

The temple offers Shaxi tours and field to table dining

  • Pear Orchard Temple Shrine, Shaxi Yunnan China
  • Shaxi Pear Blossom Restaurant Street view - Shaxi Yunnan China

Originally known as 'Ci Yin An' 慈荫庵 (Temple of Sheltered Mercy), this breath taking multi-level temple complex, commanding spectacular views across the valley from its vantage point at the head of Diantou Village, was actually a functioning nunnery until the religious purges of the 1950's. The buildings are now being given a new lease of life by the accomplished American philanthropist and entrepreneur responsible for the wildly successful Mountain Retreat and Village Inn projects, across in Yangshuo, Guangxi. Expert local craftsmen have been bought in to preserve the original building and showcase their incredible carpentry and stone-masonry skills.

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The top temple, shaded by enormous broadleafs, was until recently in a very poor state of repair. Originally built to honor the Jade Emperor, time has taken a terrible toll on this ancient building. Now visitors can look forward to hearty breakfasts and leisurely lunches on the alfresco upper terrace.

See restoration pictures on the blog.

  • Temple courtyard - Shaxi Yunnan China

Working closely with the local government and village elders, the 300 year-old temple is now entering a completely new phase, thanks to the vision and generosity of its incoming patron. Even now, modern facilities are being added for the local community who still use the buildings as a focus point for village affairs. In addition, work has begun on adding a modern visitor center, a small bakery, and a comfortable cafe where visitors can sample local fare, and learn more of the surprises that await them as they plan to explore the rest of the valley. A new modern kitchen has been built, so that local specialties can be sampled by guests from far and wide.

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Local specialties

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  • Peppers and fresh mushrooms, Pear Blossom Temple Restaurant, Shaxi Yunnan China
  • Zucchini with chilis, Pear Blossom Temple Restaurant, Shaxi Yunnan China

With so much fresh fare to choose from, even the simplest of Shaxi offerings are streets ahead of their big city counterparts. Everyday dishes such as tomato and eggs boast a natural, organic flavor that urban eateries just cannot match. For most Bai, pork is the main meat of the diet, and it is very common to encounter hams and sausages, as well as smoked liver and smoked intestines. The growth of fish farms in the valley has meant that the traditional stewed carp casserole has made a resurgence in recent years. Served locally with enough spice to power a NASA deep space mission, milder versions, are often made available for overly-sensitive tourists like you and I.

Rubing, (known locally as youdbap in the Bai dialect) is a delicate goat's cheese, very similar in taste and texture to queso blanco in South America or paneer in India. While it is usually served fried with a honey or sugar dip, more adventurous travelers might want to try a fermented rice dish topped with slices of cheese, known as 'jiu mi he rubing'. The only way that I can describe it, is as a super-rich, alcohol-infused rice pudding, with hefty slabs of fried feta on the top, which is even more delicious than it sounds.

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  • Breakfast on the terrace - Pear Blossom Organic - Shaxi restaurants - Yunnan China

Pear Blossom Organic Shaxi Dining

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  • Pear Blossom Organic - Shaxi restaurants - Shaxi Yunnan China
  • Antique wine jug, Pear Orchard Temple, Shaxi Yunnan China
  • Lunch at Shaxi Pear Orchard Temple organic restaurant

Pear Orchard Temple on Shaxi map

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Shaxi Old Theatre Inn
Duan Jia Deng Village, Shaxi Town
Jianchuan County, Dali, Yunnan, 671302, China
Call: +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!