Jiangou Village, Jian Gou Village in Mentougou Beijing

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Lying in the northeast of Mentougou District, Jiangou Village abuts Haidian District in its east,Changping District in its north. It is easily accessible with a county-level highway leading from Highway No.109 directly to the village, about 35 km from the downtown Beijing.

 
Jiangou Village is nestled on three gullies or valleys at the sea-level of over 1000 meters surrounded by by Mt. Miao Feng Shan, Mt. Yang Tai Shan and Mt.Jiufeng. “Jiangou” literally means “a gully or valley”. Jiangou Village is under the jurisdiction of Miao Feng Shan Town of Mentougou District, Beijing.

 
Jiangou Village boasts beautiful scenery with high mountains above, rich variety of vegetation – walnut trees, apricot, Yuanbao Pine trees,  cloves, and etc. All these decorate the spring, summer, autumn and winter in different colors. Summer enjoys fresh air due to the formation of a unique mountainous climate, cool and pleasant, with an average temperature lower than the District 5-8 ℃.
 
Jiangou Village is also the nearest stopover both for pilgrims and travelers who go to  either along the ancient pilgrimage trail or the highway. There are many households in the village offering dining and accommodations for visitors. In summer and autumn, local villagers are also engaged in fruit picking tourism.
 
At present, the Jian Gou villagers live on two main trades – offering rural housing and food for visitors as a kind of rural tourism and planting roses. Mian Feng Shan is suitable for the rose farming and planting. Local rose economy has been fast developed. The local flower farmers are radiant with joy. Chinese medicine dealers come here for roses; food and cosmetics factories flock here for these roses planted on the mountain; and the products that use roses such as rose essential oil, rose jam and rose wine are warmly welcomed by visitors that come to the mountain for a visit and to pick roses.
 

Jiangou’s history can be traced back to over 500 year ago in Ming Dynasty. Jiangou Village was once the important secrect intelligence station of the Communist Party both during the anto-Japanese War and Liberation War from 1937 to 1949.
 
After 3 and half hours’ hiking along the ancient pilgrimage trail from Yangtaishan Mountain, we find ourselves approaching Jiangou Village. Two village security guides are sitting by the gate half sleeping. The famous Miao Feng Shan Goddess Temple standing on the hilltop above the village. 

 

The north gate of Jian Gou Village

 A signboard stands inside the gate indicates the location of Jiangou Village – the heart of Miaofengshan Forest Park and Rose Valley.

A signboard stands inside the gate indicating the location of Jiangou Village - the heart of the Miaofengshan Forest Park.

 
We see an old courtyard house flanked by a new brick house.

We see an old courtyard house flanked by a new brick house

 More old and newly built houses sit on the different layers on the hillside.

More old and newly built houses sit on the different layers on the hillside.

  
The gully and the main road go shoulder to shoulder sandwiched by the village houses on the two sides.
 

The gully and the main road go shoulder to shoulder sandwiched by the village houses on the two sides.

 This household offers dining and accommodation for visitors and pilgrims.

This household offers dining and accommodation for visitors and pilgrims.

 This is the former Pingxi Inteliigence Service used during the Anti- Japanese War and Liberation War from 1937 to 1949.

This is the former Pingxi Inteliigence Service used during the Anti- Japanese War and Liberation War from 1937 to 1949.

 Jiangou Village seen from the  on the hilltop.  

Jiangou Village seen from the Miao Feng Shan Temple on the hilltop.

 

Parallelled by a gully, a wide main road passes through the village with solar-powered street lights. Farmhouses perched on the hillsides orderly.

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