Where history comes alive
The traditional Bai village of Shaxi (Sideng) is located about 110 km southwest of Lijiang in the stunning surroundings of the Shaxi Valley. Shaxi (Sideng) was formerly an important pivotal stop on the Tea and Horse trail from Yunnan to Tibet. It lost its importance after the Ming Dynasty, when the waters of the Erhai Lake receded and a new passage way developed on the eastern side of the Cang Mountain.
In 2001, Shaxi was nominated as an endangered site by the World Monument Watch List and was renovated under an award winning project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich of Switzerland. The central market square is surrounded by picturesque wooden buildings, including a traditional Theatre and the lovely Buddhist Temple Xingjiao. Some of the structures of Xingjiao Temple date back to the 1415 (Ming Dynasty) and where once decorated by lovely wall paintings.
Shaxi offers the perfect environment for hikers, nature lovers and peace seekers. It is just the perfect, quiet alternative to the bustling Lijiang and Dali.