The Old Town of Shuhe

Shuhe Old Town
Shuhe, also "Shaowu" in Naxi language, means "the village at the foot of the high hill". In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name. The Ancient Town of Shuhe is located 4 kilometers to the northwest of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. There live almost one thousand families and the population is about 3,000. In 1997, the Ancient Town of Shuhe was ranked as an important part of the Ancient City of Lijiang which was already the World Cultural Heritage then by the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the United Nations. The Ancient Town is now a national AAAA level scenic spot and one of the National Key Protection Units of Cultural Relics.

History
Shuhe Old Town
Shuhe has a long history. It had become the distributing center of Naxi foremen in as early as the Tang and Song Dynasty; and it is also an important market town still remained complete on the Ancient Road of Tea and Horses. Prosperous tea and horse trade, colorful multi-cultures make Naxi people develop harmoniously. The Ancient Road of Tea and Horse had been brought into use in the Tang Dynasty. It went from the south Yunnan to Lhasa of Tibet via Lijiang. In the history of transportation development during the thousands of years of Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing, Shuhe had been an important post house along the ancient trade route. It had been one of the four big bazaars in Lijiang, and also been called "the Hometown to the Cobblers". Shuhe has witnessed the history of development of Naxi foremen from the farming civilization to the commercial civilization.

Major scenic spots
Dajue Palace and the Museum of the Ancient Road of Tea and Horses: Dajue Palace is part of the Shuhe Yard buildings of the Family Mu in Ming Dynasty. Inside there are 6 frescos, which, together with Baisha River frescos, are the rare survivals of the great achievements of Ming frescos in Yunnan, and thus are ranked in the cultural relics at the provincial level. The Museum is an important place for the tourists to understand the history and the culture of the Ancient Road.
Dongba Palace: Dongba Palace consists of the Dongba Institute, the Dongba Academy and the Performance Hall of Tea and Horses Love, and is the garden of the grand sight of the Dongba Culture. There you can see the sacrifice ceremony, dancing and singing performances, the place for Dongba heritage and teaching, and the series of products of Dongba Culture research and development.

Houses and Courtyards: although the houses and courtyards here are all made from wood, stone and mud, their simple furnishings, flourishing flowers and trees and warm sunshine will sure make you on the scoop. All in all, there are still many surprises waiting for you to find.

Admission Fee: CNY 30
CNY 80 for the Protection Fare of the Old Town