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Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
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In the modern society, people find themselves isolated, human and nature isolated, modern and traditional isolated. But people are born with the inherent pursuit of their lost heaven in the distance by returning to the past, to the distant human society and nature – mountains, villages, fields, blue sky…

The Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China listed here will extend your heart and soul traveling along your dreams.

1. Hongcun Village and Xidi Village (World Cultural Heritage) 安徽西递宏村
Hongcun Village and Xidi Villages are located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan. Wandering along these two ancient village, you will find traditional Hui-style houses, ancestral temples, academies of classical learning, stone archways, white walls and grey tiles, beautifully paned windows, projecting horse-head walls, and stone slab bridge.

Besides, the carving on stones, bricks and wood is the most renowned. Tourist can appreciate these exquisite carvings on door frames, lattice walls, columns and beams in the halls.

See my Hongcun Trip Report

Hongcun Village

2. Cuandixie Village ( “Potala Palace” of Beijing  ) 北京川底下村
Cuandixia Village is located between Shuangshitou Village and Baiyu Village under the jurisdiction of Zhaitang Town in Mentougou District in Beijing. Lying about 90km west of Beijing, Cuandinxia Village is an ancient village of over 400 years built in Ming and Qing Dynsties with an area of 5.3 square km.

There are about 74 courtyards with 689 rooms, most of which were built in late Qing Dynasties. Many of the local villagers, especially the young people have left the village for the development in the big cities. But there are still approxi. 29 households with 93 people living in the village. Most of the people in the village now live on the rural tourism offering accommodation and dining for the visitors.

See my Cuandixia Village Trip Report

Cuandixia Village

3. Wuyuan Villages (Most Beautiful Village in China) 江西婺源村落
Wuyuan is located in the northeast of Jiangxi Province, abutting the borders of Anhui Province and Zhejiang Province. Wuyuan is reputed as the most beautiful village in China for its natural sights and ancient buildings.

The best time to visit Wuyuan is spring, especially April, when the mountains flames with azaleas, the slopes dotted with green tea trees and the fields full of yellow rapeseed flower.

4. Tuwa Villages (Best Autumn Hue (新疆喀纳斯图瓦村落)

Kanas Lake is located 855km northeast of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang. Tuwa Village is located vy Kanas Lake Burjin County in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Tuwa people are said be a branch of the Mongolians. Experts are divided with regard to the history of the Tuwa people. But the way the Tuwa people say, they are descendants of those of Genghis Khan’s troops that got left behind on the Mongolian western expedition.

The best time to visit Tuwa Village is Spring and Autumn. Especially the antumn of Tuwa Village is like a fairyland.

5. Danbazangzhai Villages ( Best Autumn Hue) 四川西部丹巴藏寨

Danbazangzhai is located in the east of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefectur in Sichuan Province. The village has its unique housing style combining normal village hours with the historic Diaolou(multi-storied defensive village houses.)

Best Travel Time: April and May; September and October. Danbazangzhai is famous for its numerous defensive village houses, endless forests, chessboard like rivers…

Danbazangzhai Village

6. Xijiang Qianhu Miao Villages (Gorgeous Village) 贵州西江千户苗寨
Xijiang Miao Village is situated  southeast of Kaili City, 26km away from Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province. There are about 1,000 households in the village, hence the name of Qianhu Miao Village (Qianhu means one thousand”, the lareget Miao village in China as well as in the world. Now the village has 1288 households with a population of over 6,000.

The village is perched on the slope in the valley with Baishui River running through. Over the past one thousand years, the local Miao farmers have cultivated large amount of terrced fields on the mountains, forming the most idyllic farmland. Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is also famous for the stilt house (Diaojiao House), built on the stilts of different heights, mostly by the river or on slopes or mountain areas.

Qianhu Miao Village

7. Heshun Village (Lingering Fragrance of ancient tea and horse trail) 云南和顺
Heshun Village is located 3km in the southwest of Tengchong County of Baoshan City in Yunnan Provice. It sits on the former Cha Ma Gu Dao, the ancient tea-horse-road which connected South-East Asia, nicknamed “South Silk Road”.

Heshun characterizes endurance , modesty, harmony mainly due to its special location with much influence of the trade and culture exchange through the tea-horse trail. The houses in Heshun are a mix of simple, modern with different architecture styles of Hui, Yangtze River Delta…

Heshun Ancient Village

8. Hani Villages (Beautiful Rice Terrace ) 云南元阳哈尼族村落
Hani Village is by Laoshan Mountain in Honghe Dayangjie Township of Yuanyang County, in the southeast part of Yunnan Province and inhabited by Hani ethnic group. The magnificent rice Terraces are a masterpiece of the brilliant Hani minorities, who has lived in this remarkable landscape for over 1300 years.

The Hani villages are constructed on the mountainsides, the terraces are below the villages while above the village are the flourishing forests.

Rice Terraces at Hani Villages

9. Tulou Clusters ( Earth Houses) 建土楼建筑群及村落
Fujian Tulou are largely composed of the clay buildings in Yongding County and Nanjing County in the southwest Fujian Province.

The Nanjing Tulou Cluster boast of three parts – Tianluocheng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou and Taxia Village. Roughly Nanjing Tulou Cluster are about 160km west of Xiamen and take one and 2 and half hours’ drive from Xiamen.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster are composed of 5 clay buildings, with a square tulou at the center and circled by 4 circular tulous, forming a pretty pattern of so called “four dishes with one soup”.

See my Fujian Tulou Trip Report


Chuxi Tulou at Yongding Fujian

10. Peitian Ancient Village 福建培田古村
The Peitian Village is located in Liancheng County of Longyan City in west Fujian. It is about 100km northeast of Longyan and 300km northeast of Xiamen. The Ming and Qing building complex has been well preserved with a history of over 800 years.

The ancient building cluster includes 30 magnificent houses, 21 ancestral halls, 6 academies of classical learning, 2 memorial archways, and a 1000- meter long ancient street paved with cobblestones.

See my Peitian Village Trip Report

Peitian Village

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