Cobbled Streets and Temple Caves

2-Day Shaxi Town Tour - China

Prices from £248 pp

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Duration2 days / 1 night

LocationDali - Shaxi - Lijiang

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Get off the beaten track with a visit to the ancient Tea-Horse Road, an important trade route between China and India through the foothills of Tibet. The village of Shaxi, located halfway between Dali and Lijiang, offers a relaxed vibe, ancient temples and the last fully preserved market on the route to explore. Take a little time to dive back in to China’s past and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Private transfers Dali – Shibaoshan – Shaxi – Lijiang, or vice versa

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Temples of Shibaoshan and arrival in Shaxi

Today you will be collected from your hotel in Dali and transferred to Shibaoshan about 3 hours away. This area is renowned for its temples and caves built into the mountains, dating back to the 7th century. During your time here you can explore at your own pace, wandering through the cool caves and marvelling at the many statues of Buddha, monks and kings.

green scenery in shaxi, china

From here you will continue to the ancient village of Shaxi about 30 minutes away. You will stay in small guest house in traditional Bai style, there are only a few rooms making for a cosy atmosphere and all have ensuite bathrooms. It is located in the centre of town, close to restaurants and the cobbled streets to wander through and soak up the relaxed vibe.

shaxi cobbled street in china

Free time and arrival in Lijiang

Today you’ll have the morning free to explore the cobbled streets of Shaxi on your own and if you are here on a Friday the market is a great place to start. As the last fully preserved market on the Tea-Horse route several buildings have been restored to their former glory. There are piles of colourful fruit and veg and handmade items being sold by the locals, the perfect spot for a morning stroll. After lunch you will be transferred to well-worn cobbles of Lijiang which takes approximately 3 hours.

market building in shaxi, china
Man at Great Wall of China

Speak to our China specialist, Rob

"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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