Shuhe Town, also referred as Longquan Village (Dragon Spring Village), is a peaceful village perched in the northwest of Lijiang Old Town. Shuhe means village under the foot of mountains in Naxi language. It is one of the earliest places that Naxi ethnic minority inhibited in Lijiang.
Embraced by lofty mountains and luring waters, Shuhe is the representative of the off-the-beaten ancient town, facing boundless farmland, overlooking the Jade Dragon Mountain from north and capturing the view of Elephant Hill in the south. It is gifted with ever-changing sceneries, which is particularly true with the two pools in the village. One of them is called Jiuding Dragon Pool, hence the nickname Dragon Spring Village was given.
Shuhe Ancient Town is the best-preserved ancient town along the tea-horse road, a famous tea-trading route in ancient China. Tea-horse Road starts from Xishuangbanna City, cross Dali, Lijiang and Diqing Town, and stretches to Tibet, It spans from subtropics, temperate zone to cool temperature zone, and scrambles from the altitude of hundreds of meters to 8000-plus meters, which has become a colorful tourist line with rich cultural resources. Along with this ancient road, Shuhe Town is a sparkling pearl embed onto it. Shuhe Town was regarded as an essential component of Lijiang Old Town, the world cultural heritage subscribed in the year of 1997.
Shuhe Town boasts enchanting natural scenery, colorful folk customs, and time-honored history. Now, the Shuhe Old Town is home to 1000-plus households and 3000-plus residents. Compared with Lijiang Old Town, Shuhe Town is much more quaint and peaceful, which makes itself a great getaway for refreshing the soul. Because of rare visitors, Shuhe Town is an ideal place for photographing wedding photos. Similar with Lijiang Old Town, cruising fishes, blue-stone-paved paths, delicately arched bridges and old dyeing cloth shops are ubiquitous, brimming with peaceful and leisure atmosphere.
Many people do not know what the Shuhe Town is, but Dragon Spring Village is known to all. When heading there, referring it as Dragon Spring Village is highly suggested.
Admission Fee: 50RMB for Shuhe Town, 5RMB for Dragon Spring Temple, 30RMB for Tea-horse Museum
How to get to: Rent a car or taxi to get there. It costs about 15RMB per person to get to Shuhe Old Town.