Shaxi Ancient Town, Wase and Shaxi are both small towns located by Erhai Lake

It is indeed a quiet ancient town.
Compared to the ancient towns of Dali and Lijiang
There are various featured guesthouses.


Shaxi used to play an important role on the ancient Tea Horse Road, but with the passage of time, it has gradually been forgotten by people. However, this has also helped to better preserve the traditional characteristics of the Tea Horse town back then. Today, the ancient town still retains historical landmarks such as the ancient theater, Yu Jin Bridge, Xingjiao Temple, and more. Of particular note is the Xingjiao Temple, which is currently the most complete and representative Buddhist tantric "Azhali" temple in China. If you come here, you can also enjoy classic ancient music performances in Shaxi Cave, watch traditional Bai ethnic Bulangwu dance, and taste local specialties such as earth ginseng, matsutake mushrooms, sheep milk cakes, and other delicacies.
To visit Shaxi Ancient Town, you must first take a bus to Jianchuan County. From the Dali North Bus Station, there are buses departing to Jianchuan every 15 minutes from 8:00-17:00. The journey is approximately 3.5 hours long, and costs 39 yuan. From Jianchuan County, there are mini buses available at the bus station or in Diannan Town to travel to Shaxi. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around 10 yuan.