- Encounters with locals
- Nature, Adventure & Sport
- Art & Culture
This ancient caravan path was an important staging post on the Tea Horse Road (a Silk Road trade link between Yunnan and Tibet) and has not lost its charm or distinctive, erstwhile ambiance.
Each Friday, locals including people from the Bai et Yi minorities, gather together for the huge Shaxi market. You can admire women in traditional dress and tour ancient streets, lined with wooden facades from another era. Around Shaxi you'll find numerous paths that lead from village to village, as well as mountain trails that you can follow by foot, bike or on horseback. Two must-sees are the amazing Buddhist frescoes in the Shibaoshan Mountain caves and the source of the Bailong Tan.
Accessible by car or on foot (for the more daring) from the town of Shaxi lying below, it is the site of a vast collection of temples and grottoes of startling beauty.
Considered by some to be the pearl of Yunnan, the impressive cave grottoes are testament not only to the influence and spread of Buddhism in Yunnan Province, but also to life at the king's court during the time of the Nanzhao kingdom.
The mountain is also the site of the wonderful, Yuan dynasty Baoxiang Temple, which is built onto the side of the cliff. It is reached via a climb up 1000 stone steps, an experience enhanced by the wonderful spectacle provided by the pavilions built onto the rock and the presence of a number of colorful Buddha statues.