Five ancient villages ideal for a short getaway

With several Chinese holidays approaching, Silk Road Post recommends five ancient villages in Guangzhou for you to take a stroll during a short holiday break. Or, for that matter, on any spring weekend. 

Hongshan village (红山村) 

Hongshan village has been hailed as “the most beautiful village in Guangzhou” for its natural scenery and peaceful surroundings in the back of beyond. There, rapeseed flowers yellow the fields, attracting an outpouring of tourists. Other enticements include the opportunity to visit Hakka historical sites, beautiful rurality and waterfalls, rides on green ways, and hanging out at the country fair. 

Address: West Timian town, Huadu district 

Tips: The village is relatively remote and tourists are suggested to make arrangements for getting there by car 

How to get there: Guangzhou-Airport Expressway-Yueguang Expressway-Timian town exit-Hongshan village 

A’poliu village (阿婆六村) 

A’poliu village is the only place in Guangzhou where people can pitch a tent to look at the stars. Threshing fields in the village and farmhouse roofs are perfect places for camping. Also, the simple and honest locals, green mountains and clear water, as well as smoke spiraling delicately from kitchens, present a beautiful picture of life retreating away from the world. 

Address: Liangkou town, Conghua district 

Tips: The village is relatively remote and tourists are suggested to make self-driving arrangements 

How to get there: Huanan Expressway—Jingzhu Expressway—Jiebei Expressway, then turn to national highway 105 and turn right at Huguang Holiday Villa to county highway 938 

Xiaozhou village (小洲村) 

Xiaozhou village is a place full of literary and artistic atmosphere, where you can see wall paintings, graffiti and poems everywhere. The ordinary houses there have a unique style even though they are quite old. It is an ancient village that is located within an urban environment and is characterized by a southern water-country environment. 

Address: Haizhu district 

How to get there: Bus 45, 468 go through to the village 

Julong village (聚龙村) 

Julong village, with a history of more than 120 years, retains a beautifully preserved architectural complex built in the late Qing Dynasty. The visually intermingling brick houses, wooden barrels, chinaware and old lamps all reveal the historical significance of this village. 

Although this village is surrounded by high buildings and large mansions, once you enter into it, the hustle and bustle of the big city seem to disappear instantly. 

Address: Fangcun, Liwan district 

How to get there: Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Fangcun Station, then transfer to bus 52 and get off at Dachongkou Stop 

Langtou village (塱头村) 

Langtou village, with a history of 647 years, still preserves 10 gate towers, 18 ancient lanes and 200 well maintained brick buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Besides these unique ancient architectural specimens, other must-see sceneries are an old kapok tree and the Qingyun Bridge. The kapok tree, which is still thriving and blooming despite the ups and downs of more than 600 years, has become the symbol of the village. Not far from the kapok tree stands the Qingyun Bridge, which was built in 1507. 

Address: Tanbu town, Huadu district 

Tips: The village is relatively remote and tourists are suggested to make self-driving arrangements 

How to get there: Guangqing Expressway (Xinhua exit)—Fengshen Dadao (in the direction of Tanbu), then go straight up after leaving the Tanbu Bridge

(Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com)

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