Sights and Activities that must be experienced
1. Xingjiao Temple(兴教寺)
This temple waits for you directly in the center of Shaxi Oldtown. It is the only Buddhist temple of Bai People built in the Ming Dynasty. At the present it functions as a museum. An exhibition explains how the Shaxi Rehabilitation Project (SRP) have contributed to the renewal of Shaxi.
2. Sideng Square(寺等街)
In 2001 this market square was put on the World Monument Watch list of the 100 most endangered sites. Since several hundred years a local market takes place on fridays.
3. Sideng Theatre (寺等戏台)
Directly at the market stands the icon of this town: a theatre! That is very seldom in such a rural area.
4. Ouyang Courtyards (欧阳大院)
This manorial courtyards once belonged to the Ouyang family, rich caravan leaders in times of the Tea Horse Road. Back then it was a five stars hotel. Spectacular wooden carvings and a unique Bai architecture can be admired.
5. Shibao Shan (石宝山)
Stone Treasure Mountain is a mountainous forest with temples and the famous Buddhist grottoes. Stone carvings tell the story of how the first Han Chinese came to Yunnan during the Nanzhao Realm. Also the Golden Monkey lives in the forest, almost as famous and seldom as the Panda. It is a nice three hours hike from Shaxi to Shibaoshan or a 40 minutes ride with the car.
6. Baoxiang Temple (宝相寺)
The temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is one of the few temples that are overhanging at a stone cliff.
There is the legend that a Nanzhao king saw a white elephant vanishing in the stone cliff, so he let the temple built there. The temple is located at the end of Shibaoshan nature sanctuary.
7. Mushroom Harvesting
Mushroom picking season lasts much longer than in Europe. You can harvest several kinds of mushrooms from May to September. Yunnan is famous for its mushrooms. Especially the Pine mushroom (Song Rong, Matsutake Tricholoma), which is famous in Japan, grows around Shaxi.