Huang Yao is an ancient town with a history of thousand years, and reached its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Huangyao is situated in the northest of Zhaoping, Guangxi, China, by the lower reaches of the Li-River about 150km from Yangshuo. The name of Huang Yao came from the family names of the locals who were mainly Huang and Yao. It has been known as a mini-Guilin for its typical development of karst topography, covering an area of 3.6 square km.
Many of the buildings are in primitive simplicity with blue bricks and black tiles. Here you can see more than 30 temples, ancestral halls and pavillions all well preserved. With fabulous mountains, caves, pavilions, temples, ancestor hills, old trees and tablets, every corner of Huang Yao town shows typical Chinese features.
Traditional culture in Huang Yao Town
The locals here make use of numbers to symbolize good luck, respect and well wishes. The modest slates of Huangyao‘s streets also feature this characteristic. On the main commercial streets, the slabs of slate are in odd numbers, like three, five and seven. The numbers reflect the importance of these streets, and the slates are incised into the same size, smoothness and plane. The number of slates fronting a household is often three, with some wealthier families having five or seven. But some small alleys and extensions of main streets are made up of even-number slates or gravel.
Water is a necessity of daily life and vital to the irrigation of farmlands, so the Chinese fengshui theory attributes great importance to water. It holds that it is good for the people if a river near their dwelling bends around. Huangyao Town is embraced by flows of winding water, therefore, according to Chinese fengshui, Huangyao is an ideal place for people to live. On a practical level, water running peacefully along a winding channel will provide greater convenience for daily life.
And so these rich natural resources gave birth to Huangyao Town, and sustained its development in this isolated environment. The people in Huang Yao ancient town celebrate two important festivals, one third of the third lunar month, in the old stage to sing opera; the other one is Fourteen in the lunar calendar, the Five-Year Plan Two days, there was a festival custom of He Shen, which is a grapefruit-point night lights on the river, lasting around 2.5 hours.
Local specialities in Huang Yao ancient town are the Huang Yao tofu, mushroom fried rice cake, sweet potato as well as tea, are famous around Guangxi Province. People in Huang Yao were very hospitable, if you chat with anyone, most likely they will ask you to their home to eat, if you want to try the rice farm, you definitely can.
For anyone interested to visit HuangYao town, we can help you to organise private transportation to Huangyao from either Yangshuo or Guilin with or without English speaking driver or English/French speaking guides. The entrance fee is currently 100Y per person with a 20Y discount for children between 1.2-1.4m. Only children below 1.2m can still visit this town for free.
|Getting There: By tour bus – public bus – private transportation.|
|Times/Duration: One or two days|
|Entrance Fee: Adults 100Ypp; Children 1.2-1.4m 80Ypp; Children below 1.2m free.|
|Booking Information: Contact us to arrange private transportation and/or guides.|
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Authentic Guided Village Tours
If you join one of our private guided tours in Yangshuo, our guides will introduce you to charming little villages along the way, that are not described anywhere online and still barely visited by tourists. They can often even take you inside their mansions which will help you gain an insight into the daily life of villagers as it has been for centuries.