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05/03/2015

Learn something about Shaxi

Situated roughly equal distance from Lijiang and Dali in NW Yunnan affordable China travel packages, under the jurisdiction of Jianchuan County, Shaxi (Shāxī,沙溪) was once a key transport hub of the Ancient Tea-Horse Caravan Road through which thousands of traveling merchants would pass every day. The prosperity of the town was during the Ming and Qing dynasties. After the heyday of Tea-Horse Caravan Route, stagnation hit the once-flourishing town.

Over the first 50 years of the communist party's governing, Shaxi descended into backwardness, obscurity and poverty, while much of the local population left for work in the bigger cities. It wasn't changed until year 2001 when the World Monument Fund listed Sideng Market China tour packages and many of the old wooden temples, theaters and homes in the region together as the "Most Endangered Sites".

Soon after, a USD1.3 million project was launched in collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and the Government of Jianchuan County Kunming Tour Packages.As the beneficiary of the long-term development funds and the attentions of a ETH, Shaxi gains its popularity. Yet it was unknown to visitors years before backpackers fleeing the touristy boomtowns of Dali and Lijiang stumbled across it. Now the town rely almost solely on tourism income, and so far it has been proven a success - much of the area's old heritage is still alive in some form or another, tourists keep pouring in.

Best time to go

Shaxi is at a high elevation of a forested valley. The summer is sunny with a bit of rain, autumn is divine, winter is cold and crisp but not uncomfotably so and spring is wet and green. There really is no bad time to visit Shaxi.

tags: Tour of China

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