Huangyao Ancient Town

Last updated by david at 2014/5/6

Huangyao Ancient Town can be traced back to near one thousand years ago. It was first built in Song Dynasty, constructed again in Wanli Period of Ming Dynasty, and boomed during Qianlong Period of Qing Dynasty. Owing to the fact that most people here were surnamed Huang and Yao, thus it was called Huangyao.

Huangyao lies at the lower reaches of Lijiang River. It has been long called “poetic land”. It abounds in six aspects. There are lots of limestone caves, pavilions, temples and shrines, ancestral temples, ancient trees, couplets and steles. Mountains go with water, water goes with bridge, bridge goes without pavilion, pavilion goes without couplet, and couple can not go without stele, which form a unique scene of the old village. All streets are inlaid with black stone slates. Architectures in the village are built in an array of Nine-Palaces and Eight-Diagrams, most of which are two-storied tile structure. The building craftwork is exquisite and superb.

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There are altogether more than 600 families in the village, distributing themselves in eight streets. Most of their houses retain a Ming and Qing Dynasty style. The geographic location of Huangyao village is very special. Mountains surround the village on four sides, making the place easy to defend and difficult to invade. And transportation here is very inconvenient. As a result, the village remains a state of being half-isolated. That why a lot of old houses and antiques can be perfectly reserved.  

Physiognomy of Huangyao is characterized as karst topography. Sheer peeks erect high and deep limestone caves stretch far into underground. Streams flow though and old trees spear into the sky. Scenic spots here include eight major spots and twenty four minor spots. More than twenty temples and shrines have been reserved until today. Besides, there are more than ten pavilions, most of which were built in Ming or Qing Dynasty. Among them Culture Pavilion, Precious Bead Pavilion, Xingyu Pavilion, Lion Pavilion, Old Drama Stage, Wu’s Ancestral Temple, Go’s Ancestral Temple, Zuolong Temple, Jianlong Temple, Dailong Bridge, Hulong Bridge, and Natural Pavilion are quite well-known.

In recent years, large number of tourists home and abroad is attracted by the beautiful scenery of Huangyao Village. Radio vision TV station from Hong Kong specially came to Huangyao to shoot TV dramas Tea in Hometown is the heaviest, Wine in Hometown is the strongest.

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★Tips: 1、Few hotels can be found in Huangyao Village. Among the few only one that is named Market Hotel is relatively known. It is the best place to overview the entire village and to view the morning son. The price is very cheap, only within 10 Yuan for each person. In holidays and festivals the price rises to about 15 Yuan. 2、Specialty in Huangyao is lobster sauce. The dish Lobster Sauce with Rib is very delicious. It sells 5 Yuan for three bags. Huangyao Bean Curd is the special cuisine of the local area, including Bean curd and brewed bean curd. Both are worthy of having a taste. 3、Apart from those, what needs to mention is that Huangyao people are warm-hearted and hospitable. You are very likely to be invited to have dinner in their homes if you chat with them for a moment. You are to be invited at any time, from breakfast, lunch to super, and for any food, from snacks like red potato, porridge, rice noodles, and rice cake to dinner dishes. If you are determined to have a try of the rural dinner, you’d better bring and send them some small gifts, or you can buy them some fruits. 4、You’d better engage a local tourist guide, 30 Yuan for two hours, because there are many antiques and folk stories that need to be expatiated. 5、Thousands of egrets fly to Huangyao every autumn, which is magnificent. 6、Since Huangyao Village is so beautiful, it is an ideal place for photographers to shoot pictures there.


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