On a road less traveled
For those who find Lijiang too much of a tourist place, the Naxi village of Shuhe might be just the right place to visit. Located a 10 minutes drive north of Lijiang, this laid back, sleepy Naxi village is a good place to hang out for an afternoon. Shuhe was once an important trading post on the "Tea and Horse Road" for tea on the way from Southern Yunnan to Tibet.
An idyllic river runs through the middle of the cobble stoned village, and many of the old buildings where carefully renovated and turned into tastefully decorated restaurants and bars. For visitors who find the old town of Lijiang too noisy to spend a night will find some nice, quiet, low and mid-range accommodation around Shuhe.