The ancient Heijing Village
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-3
Heijing village is like a good history book, a place that has kept its historical buildings and traditions for decades. It is considered to be the living social fossil of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Now it belongs to the historical cultural village of provincial level.
Heijing started its history with its business of salt making in the early time of the Dong Han Dynasty. The prosperity of limitless salt resource made the best history of this region. With history of more than 2000 years, the village has been developed into a prosperous town. Places of historical interest and scenic beauty can be found here and there. All together there are 51 temples of Buddhism and Taoism, 4 mosques, 92 cultural relics including stone carvings, monuments, archways, ancient buildings, tombs and so on. Scenic spots include Heijing Confucius Temple, Wuma Bridge, Zhengjue Buddist Temple, the Ancient Salt Mill, Dalong Ancestral Temple, the Wu’s Mansion, Zhutian Temple, Feilai Temple, Tomb of Wu General, Relics of Shilong Cremation, Relics of Neolithic villages, Dishuiqing Waterfall, and the Stone Street, etc.
It is said that long long ago, there lived a woman and a black bull in the nearby area. The bull would disappear for some time in the year and then came back to the family by itself. Later some one found that the bull had come to where now the Heijing village is to drink the water of the well. People were curious about why the bull would come all the way to drink the water of that well. Then the women came to Heijing Well by herself and tasted the water there. She soon found out that the water was quite salty. And it is easy to boil the water to produce salt. Therefore, local people began the business of making salt, taking good advantage of the well water. Then the place was called Black Bull Well Village. Later, after some simplification, it became Black Well Village, and that is the meaning of Heijing Village. (In Chinese “Hei” means “black” and “Jing” means the “well”.)
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How to Get There?
It takes about 25 Yuan to go from Kunming to Lufeng, and 8 Yuan from Lufeng to Heijing. If you go from the West Bus Station in the city of Chuxiong, it takes about 12 Yuan. The earliest bus goes at 8 in the morning and the latest is at 4 in the afternoon. Buses go only in the morning form Heijing back the county and don't miss the time. If you go by train, you can take the train from Kunming to Panzhihua and get off at the Heijing stop, with fees of RMB 12 Yuan. The railway station is still 4 kilometers away from the Heijing village and you may take a carriage for the rest of the journey.
1．Heijing is a place to be visited all the year round as the weather here is pleasant all the year round. It belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with the annual average temperature of 15-21℃, which is not so hot in summer and not so cold in winter. It is warm in spring and cool in fall. The rainy season there starts from May and ends in October. 2．It is recommended that visitors should take some snacks with them before taking the train to Heijing as food on the train are quite expensive. 3．In Heijing, there are a lot of restaurants where local special food are served. Beef jerky is something you should try since it is quite delicious. 4．Accommodation： There are many family hotels in Heijing too and so far the best one is in the Wu’s Mansion. If you go during the May or October holiday season, you had better book a hotel in advance. 5．Shopping： Salt makes the best goods in Heijing, so are the beef jerky and the preserved pork. 6．Others：Take something like towels, tooth brush, fancy soap and so on for your daily use. 7.Recommended time for a visit：Half a day
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