Shuhe Ancient Town (or city) is located in the city of Lijiang and less than 10 minutes by taxi from the ‘Old Town of Lijiang’ which is at the center of the city. It’s a place where you can easily find yourself forgetting what year you are in, as you walk along the original cobblestone streets and admire the old architecture while quite often running into locals still dressed in traditional clothing.
Lijiang Ancient City (Old Town) is very well marketed and well known, so it’s very busy and very touristy. Shuhe Ancient City has a far more authentic feel than the Old Town, being not so commericialised and not so busy. It’s an easy place to relax and stroll around while really taking in the China of old.