The Mini Lijiang hidden in Chongqing! Only 2 hours away!

17th July 2018

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Deep in their hearts, many people crave a visit to Lijiang. But in recent years, with the over commercialization and immense popularity, it becomes tedious to visit. I suppose you may also share the same sentiment about it.

There is, however, one such place, hidden in Chongqing, that also shares same characteristics as Lijiang, but without the same commercialization and crowd of visitors to disturb you.

This is a place with an ancient town, old streets, high mountains, and delicious local foods. It's also known by the nickname of Mini Lijiang in Changshou province, Chongqing, and it’s perhaps one of the most can't miss places.

Changshou Sandao Guai

Sandaoguai ancient town lies on the border between the new urban area and the old one, it features traditional architectural complexes from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The local citizens gave it the name Sandaoguai and, compared to the popular Changshou ancient town, it is far more deserving of our recommendation.

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The ancient town radiates the original neutral life, it's surprising that you can still find the warmth of time in this fast-pace information age.

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Next to it, you can also see a running cable car, the only operational one in the city, that contributes to the sense of nostalgia.

Built in 1964, with a total length of 282.1 meters, it's a good way to enjoy the beautiful panoramic scenery of Sandaoguai ancient town.

Changshou ancient town

A mere 78 kilometers away from the main city, this is often the first destination for many visitors to Changshou province, and is only 2 hours away. It's also listed as a large-scale 4A scenic area in Changshou.

In the ancient town, there is a square carved with 1000 Shou ("longevity"), it's the place visitors pray for blessings.

You also can enjoy the lotus flowers, touch the clear river waters, and take enough memorable photographs to capture your unforgettable time here forever.

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In the ancient town, there is a square carved with 1000 Shou ("longevity"), it's the place visitors pray for blessings.

You also can enjoy the lotus flowers, touch the clear river waters, and take enough memorable photographs to capture your unforgettable time here forever.

Mountain Puti, Changshou

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In addition to visiting the ancient town and streets in Changshou, there is also another must-see site for you called Mountain Puti. The most distinctive scenery here is nothing more than the "Wanshou ladders," or Longevity ladders.

It has 1,567 steps in total, and a stairway that has been carved with different patterns of the "Shou" Character.

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Changshou Sandong

Sandong channel is located at the border of the noisy city and, if you are lucky, you can see rainbows across it.

Then, go a little further, and there is a big canyon waiting for you that willgive you the most fantastic feeling.

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WU Hua Mountain Changshou

Located in Yuntai town, Changshou province, its surrounding green lakes and majestic mountain ridges make it the place for visitors who are enchanted by the scenery and don't want to go home, even the large numbers of photographers who are drawn come here and take pictures.

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Changshou lake

In Changshou, this place has been known to many people for a long time. It's been listed as a national 4A-rated tourism resort since the 70's or 80's, and is the largest artificial lake in Southwest China.

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It's also the most famous lake in Chongqing, attracting many tourists from around the world each year.

Overlooking the lake, you will find various islands gathered together to form the character "shou," where the lake gets its name.



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