Shaxi Travel Guide
沙溪Shaxi is a historic market town in located halfway between Dali and Lijiang. Not yet developed as a tourist destination, this town retains its standing as a true old town in China, not one which has been rebuilt and manufactured. With the new highway being built not far away, access will be easier in the future, and also more tourists are likely to come. But for now it is still a hidden gem.
The market square of Shaxi was added to the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2001. Shaxi started as a trading point for tea and horses during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The prosperity of the town was at its height during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1912). It is probably the most intact horse caravan town on the Ancient tea route leading from Yunnan in to Burma and Tibet and is now being preserved through a cooperation between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and the People’s Government of Jianchuan County. Nearby Shibaoshan mountain contains Buddhist rock carvings and temples of over 1300 years old with, amongst others, images of the bodhisattva Guanyin. The two main ethnic groups of Shaxi are the Bai and Yi people.
The main village of Shaxi (Sideng) can be easily toured by walking. It's also possible to visit the many other villages in Shaxi on foot, however, renting a bicycle would be a quicker and better option. Some of the guesthouses in Shaxi, such as Horse Pen 46 Guesthouse, the Dragonfly and 58 Yard, offer bicycle rental to Shaxi visitors. Hiking and horseback riding are the main options for a visit into the mountains around Shaxi.
More than two weeks of exploring hidden gems in China may seem to good to be true, but we at The China Guide have a lot of practice in bringing these kinds of dreams to life! The Romantic China Journey activities are all geared towards experiential immersion and allowing quality time with travel partners and new local friends. On your whirlwind tour we will take you all kind of...
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Tibet / Lhasa → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 390
Cuandixia is a preserved Ming style village located a couple of hours outside Beijing, and is the perfect getaway from city life. Nestled in the hills, the people of Cuandixia live simply, much as they did hundreds of years ago. Hike to the village viewpoint for some stunning views and visit an ancient Ming-era temple. We also offer an overnight stay package that gives you a chance to...
This tour is for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the city’s more traditional side, by visiting the Jade Buddha Temple and the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Nanjing Road and the Bund are the perfect in-between, with elements of old and new. One side of the river, ‘the Bund’, is lined with European banks that have been standing for over a hundred years;...
1 day • CNY 640
Suzhou is a city of over 2,500 years history located in the Yangtze River Delta region. It is an easy day trip from Shanghai to the canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens that are now UNESCO world heritage sites. The area is also famed for its exquisite silk production. We will give you a taste of all these aspects of Suzhou in one day, picking you up from your...
Shanghai → Suzhou → Shanghai
If you want to see the gorgeous rice paddies of China but you are on a tight schedule, this one-day tour will suit you very well! You will leave Guilin for Ping'an village in the morning and return to Guilin at night. On arrival in Ping’an you will have free time to explore the village, followed by a tasty lunch. Then you have the whole afternoon to hike around the rice terraces and...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
This is a ‘no-frills’ tour along the classic Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai route. You’ll start your first morning in the Chinese capital with a tai-chi class, followed by a trip to the gorgeous Temple of Heaven, and wrap up the day with visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square for a lesson or two in Chinese history. The Huanghua section of the Great Wall of China is...
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
Considered one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World,’ the Great Wall of China attracts over 10 million people every year. However, very few have the opportunity to stay there over night. You will have the chance to sleep outside under millions of stars, and cast your mind back a few hundred years, to Ming dynasty China. But there is much more to this tour than an outdoor slumber party!...
You can’t visit Chengdu without making the journey to the largest stone Buddha in the world, carved entirely out of a cliff-face! Your visit will start with a boat ride along the river, to make sure the whole Maitreya fits in your photographs! Then, you can get up close and personal, by walking from the head of the statue to its toes! After visiting the Grand Buddha you will move on to...
For a great little taste of Guizhou, the Sanjiang cluster of Dong villages is ideal for those looking for a taste of minority life in China. The incredible wooden bridges and drum towers of the villages set in the idyllic rolling hills of northern Guangxi makes for a wonderful day trip. Sanjiang can be accessed by 1.5 hour drive from Longsheng or 3.5 hour drive from Guilin. If traveling from...