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 the mountains” in the Naxi language. It is one of the earliest places that the Naxi ethnic minority inhibited in Lijiang.
Embraced by lofty mountains and alluring waters, Shuhe is a typical, off the beaten path ancient town, facing boundless farmland, overlooking the Jade Dragon Mountain from the north and capturing the view of Elephant Hill in the south. It is blessed with ever-changing scenery, which is particularly true of 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, crosses Dali, Lijiang and Diqing Town, and stretches to Tibet. It spans the subtropics, the temperate zone to cool temperature zone, and ascends in altitude from a few hundred to 8,000-plus meters, into the sky.
Shuhe Town boasts enchanting natural scenery, colorful folk customs, and time-honored history. Now, Shuhe Old Town is home to 1,000-plus households and more than 3,000. Compared with Lijiang Old Town, Shuhe Town is much more quaint and tranquil, which makes itself a great getaway for refreshing the soul.
Because of rare visitors, Shuhe Town is an ideal place for taking wedding photos.
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.