Why going to Shaxi? Because it is one of the most preserved towns in China. You add the cobblestones still in use in most of the lanes and you get a picture of this awesome area not to be missed.
How many reasons do you need to plan your visit to Shaxi? The ancient temples, old alleys, and caravansaries of the ancient town of Shaxi are not just reminders of past glories. The area is an example of how the Chinese life used to be, with the Bai and the Yi minorities of the region living in the surrounding mountains and descending every Friday to trade their goods and products through the old lanes of the village.
Shaxi was part of the formal Silk Road, a network of trade and cultural exchange that connected the East to the West for almost 2000 years till the 15th century. When you walk in the little street and you close your eyes you can almost travel back in time to the Silk era.
The beautiful village of Shaxi is located in the Jiangchuan county, 100 km northwest of the Autonomous Prefecture of Dali, halfway to Lijiang. The history of this town goes back to the 6th century. By that time, it was an important tea and horse commercial reference during the Tang Dynasty. It was a village that never slept and kept growing. during the Ming and Qing dynasties - between 1400 and 1900 - Shaxi was an important trading point.