Shaxi Valley points of interest
This Shaxi Yunnan map, courtesy of Old Theatre Inn, was designed as an overlay of Google Earth. It is a scale image of the Shaxi Valley including surrounding hills and the Heihui River running from North to South through the valley.
You can download the original JPG of this Shaxi Yunnan map here.
We also have high-resolution downloadable maps from our Shaxi website. These Shaxi yunnan maps were produced by a professional cartographer using satellite data and locally coordinated GPS data on various roads and footpaths. As there was no high quality map of Shaxi before the opening of Old Theatre Inn, we had them designed to share with our guests. You can request a printed version at Old Theatre Inn reception or download them yourself.
Shaxi Map on Google MyMaps
If you have access to Google, we have a series of professional trail maps with detailed hiking and other routes.
General Map of Shaxi Yunnan
This map below of Shaxi Yunnan is provided as a general overview of Shaxi Valley and for more a complete map of Shaxi please visit Old Theatre Inn or the Shaxi Visitor’s Centre at the Pear Orchard Temple in Diantou Village Shaxi. Here you will also find trail maps, low carbon tourism maps and other guidance for navigating Shaxi Valley and the surrounding area.
Map of Shaxi Yunnan featuring the Pear Orchard Temple
Exploring Shaxi – Local Fauna and Flora
Thanks to the diminishing importance of the Tea Horse Road, mules and ponies are no longer the dominant domesticated animals in most of Shaxi. In Duan Village for example, there are almost as many donkeys as there are families, and they play a very useful role in heavy lifting and bringing in the rice harvests. Of the estimated 41 million donkeys in the world today, China has more than a quarter of these. In the mountainous areas, goats are more popular, but here in Shaxi, the good pasture has already encouraged locals to begin investing in dairy cows.
In the wooded area of the valley, local wildlife thrives. Much of this is due to the nature reserve at Shibaoshan, where bird life is especially abundant. Species such as the Mustached Laughing Thrush, the Yunnan Nuthatch and the Crested Finchbill are commonplace, while more patient twitchers will likely be rewarded with glimpses of the Spot-breasted Parrotbill, the Beautiful Sibia and even the Pale Blue Flycatcher.
The trees themselves are alive with brown squirrels. With the opportunity to can breed twice as year in this favorable climate, it is commonplace to see tight family groups of two security conscious parents, and three or four reckless juveniles, racing around the oak and chestnut groves.