The ancient Heijing Village
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”.)