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Baisha Ancient Town
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US$243.00*
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Private City Tour of Lijiang Including Lunch
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This is a small old town, still unspoiled by tourism.
Don't forget to visit the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute with fantastic, very fine needle works, resulting in almost photo-like images. You can see the work being done by students, teachers and masters. have a look into the fantastic gallery and, if you want, you can purchase what you see.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Yes, Baisha is another ancient town near Lijiang. However, the buildings are original, not reproductions of old-style buildings. The main street is lined with shops, but you can also walk down side streets with houses where people live. Surprisingly, cafes have menus in English and Chinese, making it easy to order. The people at the cafe where I ate seemed quite happy to have me eat there.

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Visiting Baisha village was probably one of the highlights of our trip to Yunnan. It isn't yet been taken over by the tourist throngs and commercialization that overtaken Lijiang. The town still retains its ethnic character and is a good way to see how life used to be in Chinese villages. Its only 20-30 minutes away from Lijiang and we got there using one of the local taxi's for 40 RMB (foreign tourist prices). You can also take a bus to the area for 1 RMB but we couldn't figure out the right bus number (we took it on the way back and it was very convenient to get back to Lijiang). There aren't as many tourist sites (the palaces with the Buddhist fresco's is one) but if you walk around the town the locals are very friendly and you find quite a few small cafe's and restaurants around. We also happened to run into the Jade Dragon Snow hospital run by a Doctor Ho who has cured many people using herbal medicine (including a patient from Mayo clinic). Spent about an hour there talking to the Doctor's son, who also asked us to invest with him, about herbal medicines and benefits and about the umpteen number of westerners (particularly French) have come through the hospital. We also got invited to a Chinese wedding in one of the nearby villages which was amazing.

Totally worth it especially if you want to get away from the tourist throng of Lijiang.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Both Shuhe and Lijiang appeared to be essentially reconstructed versions of old Chinese towns aimed at extracting money from domestic tour groups. While Baisha is very small and you will soon exhaust it's limited number of attractions, it's a much more peasant and relaxing place to spend time, and I wish we'd made this our base for the Lijiang area. The buildings are mostly original, even on the Main Street, and there's a real village with real life going on around you. On top of this there also seemed to be more varied and international eating options, even compared with the two much larger "Ancient Towns". This may be welcome after an extended stay in China or if you can't read Chinese menus, and particularly nice if you aren't a huge fan of Chinese breakfasts!

The Main Street has a few of the usual souvenir stores on it but generally there are also some proper arts and crafts available and the shops seemed to be run mostly by local people who are friendlier and at least interested in making a sale. Though they're not pushy, negotiate hard as starting prices are highly inflated!

In terms of things to do, it's worth checking out the embroidery schools (there are now two - one private and one government-run), as well as stopping by Doctor Ho. About 10km away is another old village called Yuhu which is also very nice and features quite distinctive stone buildings.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We were hoping to find a village not yet reconstructed. Baisha, thankfully, was that. However, it is at the beginnings of becoming another Lijiang. Going now will give you an opportunity to see some old village life. We walked around the streets away from Baisha and were greeted with old homes and lovely local people. The streets of Baisha are small, lack tourists, have lots of cafes and small handicraft shops. We really enjoyed the quiet walk around. One wouldn't visit there to be entertained. It's a place for quiet.
The Naxi embroidery institute is a nice visit. One of the students spoke English well and was very kind and informative.
We found bus 6 in Lijiang to get to Baisha. However, due to road construction, the bus doesn't seem to follow is previous route. We ended up finding a bus stop on Shangri-la road heading out of town after the big roundabout.

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