Three Wells of Shuhe Ancient Town in Lijiang

Three Wells of Shuhe Ancient Town

The Shuhe Ancient Town in Lijiang is known as the “Pearl on the Ancient Tea Horse Road”. All the streams in the ancient town are from “Nine Ding Long Tan”. Not far from Dragon Pool, there is a “three-eye well”, which is the source of water for the residents of the town. The so-called “three-eye well”, that is, in the direction of the stream when the well is built, the well water is used as the upper, middle and lower parts for the purpose of drinking, washing and washing, respectively, from top to bottom. This not only ensures drinking, but also saves water.

Three-Eye Well

Shuhe Three-Eye Well, also known as Sandie Spring or Sandie Water, is a unique well in Lijiang. The three-eye well is actually a spring water outlet. It flows from high to low three-level terrain. It is built into three barriers with stone or brick. The well water is shallow and easy to see. The wellhead is large and is pond-like. The first three eyes are drinking water, the second eye is washing vegetables, and the third eye is washing.

A wooden sign next to the well is eye-catching. The above reads: “‘Water is good for everything but not for contention’. Water is the scarcest resource that is most vulnerable to pollution. In the nomadic era, the Naxi ancestors lived by the water, depending on the water and regarded it as the source of life. In the era of farming and settlement, they diverted water into the village, divided into three, enjoying the comfort and convenience of living in the water. To the urban age, people created the ‘three-eye well’ culture: the water of a spring is divided into three-eye well, the first eye for drinking water, the second eye for washing vegetables, the third eye for washing water. One water and three use, do not fight for it, reflecting the Naxi people’s fine tradition of cherishing nature and cherishing the environment.”

Historical and cultural development

Three Wells of Shuhe Old Town in Lijiang

This seems to be a brief history of the ethnic minorities, documenting the origins relation of the Naxi ancestors and water. The industrious and wise Naxi people, in their real life, use the “three-eye well” culture as the “township policy”, which reflects their awe of nature and the virtues of harmony between people. “Three-eye Well” proves the imprint of this nation from farming society to commercial civilization.

Three-eye Well Attraction Tour Raiders

First, enter the Shuhe three-eye well: The three-eye well is the embodiment of the ancient water-saving method in the Lijiang area. Using the flow of water, a total of three wells are made from top to bottom, and the water is from the top of the first pool, go straight down, flow to the third pool and then flow away. The three-eye well is a small pool, divided into three parts, the first one is used for drinking water, the second one is used for washing vegetables, and the third one is used for washing clothes.

Three Wells of Shuhe Old Town in Lijiang

Best Time to Visit

The peak period for visiting Shuhe Ancient Town is from May to October. Actually, Shuhe is worth visiting during any season, so if you do not want to experience a crowded scene, avoiding that period might be a good option.

Recommended Tour with

1 Day Lijiang Cycling Tour from Lijiang Old Town to Shuhe, Baisha and Yuhu Village

Shuhe Ancient Town Accommodation

Shuhe Ancient Town is an important constituent part of Lijiang Ancient City, a world cultural heritage site in China. There are many high-quality hotels in the old town although the quantity is not as good as that of Lijiang Old Town. Shuhe old town is much more tranquil than Lijiang Old Town, less crowded and less noisy, and the air is very good at the foot of the mountain. Follow Yunnan Exploration to discover the best hotels in Shuhe Old Town such as Banyan Tree Lijiang.

1.Lijiang Conifer Lishui Yangguang Hotel(康年丽水阳光酒店)

At Lijiang Conifer Lishui Yangguang Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including 24-hour room service, casino, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

Add: Entrance of Shu He Ancient Town, Suburbs, Lijiang, China

2. Lijiang E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel(丽江首译精品客栈)

Lijiang E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Lijiang. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage.

Add: No.35 Qingyun Village, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China

3.Banyan Tree Lijiang(丽江悦榕庄)

Located in Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, Banyan Tree offers a relaxing retreat away from the city. Surrounded by fresh mountain air and green landscapes, the property features luxurious accommodations with traditional Naxi-style décor and free Wi-Fi in all areas.

Add: No.1, Yuerong Road, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China

4.The Bivou Lijiang(佖屋酒店)

Only a short 1-minute stroll from Shuhe Ancient Town, The Bivou features accommodations in local and modern styles combined together. Blending in by making use of the barbecue facilities, lazing in soothing massage, going horse riding or enjoying a fun time with your children at kids’ club seems like a nice getaway. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Add: 16 Zhonghe Cun, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China

5.K2 International Youth Hostel(束河K2国际青年旅舍)

K2 International Youth Hostel Lijiang offers a comfortable setting while in Lijiang. It also provides luggage storage, a 24-hour reception and wireless internet. Lijiang Sanyi Airport is a 55-minute drive from K2 International Youth Hostel Lijiang. Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Culture Museum are just a short drive from the hostel.

Add: No. 1 Guailiu Lane Kangpu Road, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China

Travel Tips

1. Pay attention to some local folk customs and respect the folk customs of local ethnic minorities so as not to cause unnecessary disputes.

2. Take some commonly used cold medicine, gastrointestinal drugs, anti-mosquito dew water, heatstroke drugs, seasick motion sickness drugs.

3. It is best to travel with partners, especially at night. It is best for single women or children to be prepared to keep the necessary defense tools all the time when they go out.

4. The camera is essential, you should also choose whether you need sunscreen and other supplies according to the specific conditions of the destination.

5. Lijiang is the high-profile southwest monsoon climate, and the temperature is low and the temperature difference between day and night is also very large. Before coming, it is best to check the Lijiang weather forecast.

6. The strong UV should be considered. If it is long periods of time outdoors, people need to wear a sun hat and apply anti-frost to protect your skin.

7. It is a stone road in Shuhe Ancient Town, it is recommended to wear cloth shoes or lightweight sports shoes.

8. Don’t throw rubbish there, don’t wash your hands in the first well.