Shuhe was a delightful unexpected surprise, a recommendation I received when I was visiting Lijiang, to get away from the tourist crowds. A 30min taxi toward the northwest, and you’re there. It’s an ancient water town offering tranquility, peace, and quiet. A bit like Lijiang, it also offers long winding alleys with small water canals, with plenty of local shops, an amazing array of lovely cafes and small bars, leading all the way to the highlight with the oldest area near the mountains, which some nice views of the town from above.

Compared to Lijiang, it was very quiet, with the occasional exception of photographers chasing couples to take wedding photos. Wherever you point your camera, you’re gonna get almost postcard ready photos, and with the bright sun, blue skies, and colorful trees, it does give this ancient town almost a magical feeling.

 

Here is my summary of a very lovely day wondering around Shuhe in Yunnan China.

 

Let’s enter…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Horse/pony ride?

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Gorgeous buildings…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And clear water flowing through the canals…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

At the heart of town, is this gorgeous haven…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

With these beautiful trees…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And lots of terrific restaurants…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Towards the mountains is the really old town…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And you have some old residence opening up their rooftops to visitors…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Which is the perfect spot for some wedding photos…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Old tea houses…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Lots of stone alleys to explore…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And you might wanna go up and explore the nearby hills a bit…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

To get even better views of the area…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And find some weird things…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And wrap it up in the oldest section, with water reservoirs,

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

Making for some very green and peaceful surroundings…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

A few more humorous wedding photos dressed up in traditional clothing…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

And get a drink before heading back in one of the many bars/coffee-shops, some with wonderful live music or rocking locals just jamming…

 

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

Shuhe ancient water town : Yunnan China

 

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One of the nicest experiences I’ve had in China, away from the tourist crowds, clean, beautiful, quiet…



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