Zhuge Bagua Village of Lanxi

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Zhuge Bagua Village of Lanxi

Zhuge Bagua Village of Lanxi
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Sailortraveller
By Sailortraveller
Great ancient architectures with detailed wood cravings and village untouched by war and modernisation
Nov 2018
By the way, I am an Singaporean and speaks fluent Mandarin. Hence everything is easier when I travel in China. The issue here is there is not much information online on how to travel to this Zhuge Bagua Village by public transport. My base is Hangzhou and it upon emailing a helpful ex travel agency local staff by the name of Jack that I got the information on public transport to go there. It basically a 2.5 hours journey by coach. I took the coach from Hangzhou southern bus terminal. 杭州汽车南站. There is a nearby metro station called Wujiang Road 婺江路 which i took and then took a short walk to the bus station. The cost for the coach for one way is RMB$75. Drop off point is Zhuge Bagua bus station. The coach's final destination is Lanxi. Basically there is a bus going to the village almost every hour. I will suggest taking the bus at 8.00 am to reach there before noon to take advantage of at least half a day to walk around. It will take about 2 hours to tour around the village. Bus times: Hangzhou to Lanxi: 07:10 08:00 08:40 08:50 09:30 10:10 11:00 11:30 11:40 12:30 13:20 14:10 14:50 15:30 15:50 16:15 17:00 17:50 18:40 Lanxi to Hangzhou: 05:55 06:50 07:40 08:30 09:20 10:10 11:00 11:50 12:30 13:10 14:00 14:50 15:35 16:20 17:10 18:00 I stayed overnight at the village which is a good choice as I got more time to wander around. I used this website called ctrip.com to book a homestay at this place called Eight Joy Homestay. 兰溪八樂民宿 - 兰溪 诸葛镇商业街8号 ,诸葛八卦村景区内近丞相祠堂。However the website is in chinese. The homestay costs about RMB$173 and I have a room with an attached bathroom. I am really glad I made this decision as the homestay is great. It a newly set up homestay that is less than 8 months old. The owner bought the place and totally renovated it. There are 5 rooms in this home stay. It new and it is clean. The furnishings used are of good quality and even the mattress is of the good quality type, The lady host Ms Hua who is running the homestay told me it cost RMB$10,000 for each mattress and the bedsheets costs at least RMB$400. Pillows are also of 4 stars hotel type. Ms Hua is a co owner of the home stay and she runs the place on her own. She used to work in the hotel industry for 20 years. As I am the only guest there, she upgraded my room to the loft on the 3rd floor which is warmer. The weather was very cold when I was there on 20 November 2018. Ms Hua meets me outside the village and leaded me in. In this way I save on the RMB$100 entrance ticket. I connected with her with Wechat as my hp had problem accepting the local china sim card and I relied on international roaming for survival. I would strongly advised bringing a second handphone to China for backup. My 2nd handphone failed on me when I was there. The irony. Ms Hua then sold me a discounted ticket of RMB$70 so that I could visit on all the local attractions. There is also a free tour guide when the group is big enough of 7 to 8 persons and she asked me to wait for the group to come along at the home stay and tag along with them which I did. The attractions are interesting except the tour guide was going it through very quickly. We went through about 5 to 6 attractions. There are history of how the village comes about. I won't go through as you can read it online. The village is very scenic and the atmosphere is very peaceful and relaxing. The air is very fresh. After the local tour, I went to another part of the village where there is a mini zoo and I also went to the temple which is about 20 minutes walk away. It a very old temple which I chance upon on by the recommendation of a villager. I had my dinner and breakfast with the homestay. It a separate cost and it really home cooked meal. As I am the only guest there, she cooked whether she is eating. For dinner I have home made beancurd and potatoes that are planted by her mother in their lanxi village which is 40 minutes away. For breakfast she cooked a eight treasures ingredients porridge that was often cooked by my own mother. Ms Hua also made fresh chinese onion pancake for me. It really felt like home when I stayed there. Ms Hua really treated me like a old friend and really took care of me. I basically got lost wandering around the village and she was so worried. It does not help that the network in the village is not that great and I didn't get her messages. On the part of food sold in the village. Some things to note: I noticed that they washed their vegetables, bowls, mops, laundry all in the ponds in the various part of the village. So imagine if someone has just washed their bowls and mops in the pond and then the restaurant washed their raw chickens and vegetables in the same pond before cooking it for your meal?! I would get diarrhea, So I am really glad I ate in the homestay instead. Ms Hua is actually from Lanxi city and not a local Zhuge Bagua villager so her exposure and level of hygiene are way much higher and especially since she used to work in a hotel for 20 years it does help a lot. Side note: There is this handmade ancient wooden lock set that I would suggest buying. It handmade and the guy making it is the last of his kind. It made great gifts. I departed at 10.30 am the next morning and went to the Zhuge Bagua bus station and took the 11.20 am bus back to Hangzhou. The trip back cost RMB$70. If you only spoke English, it will be tough to go around on your own in Zhuge Bagua area as the locals do not understand English. When I purchased the coach ticket, they actually need my passport to key it into their system before printing out the ticket and the bus station staff actually keyed in "passport" as my name until I pointed it out to her. Overall it a great stay and visit to this village. I would go there before it get too commercialized/

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Sailortraveller
Singapore, Singapore133 contributions
Great ancient architectures with detailed wood cravings and village untouched by war and modernisation
Nov 2018 • Solo
By the way, I am an Singaporean and speaks fluent Mandarin. Hence everything is easier when I travel in China. The issue here is there is not much information online on how to travel to this Zhuge Bagua Village by public transport. My base is Hangzhou and it upon emailing a helpful ex travel agency local staff by the name of Jack that I got the information on public transport to go there.

It basically a 2.5 hours journey by coach. I took the coach from Hangzhou southern bus terminal. 杭州汽车南站. There is a nearby metro station called Wujiang Road
婺江路 which i took and then took a short walk to the bus station.

The cost for the coach for one way is RMB$75. Drop off point is Zhuge Bagua bus station. The coach's final destination is Lanxi. Basically there is a bus going to the village almost every hour. I will suggest taking the bus at 8.00 am to reach there before noon to take advantage of at least half a day to walk around. It will take about 2 hours to tour around the village.

Bus times:
Hangzhou to Lanxi: 07:10 08:00 08:40 08:50 09:30 10:10 11:00 11:30 11:40 12:30 13:20 14:10 14:50 15:30 15:50 16:15 17:00 17:50 18:40

Lanxi to Hangzhou: 05:55 06:50 07:40 08:30 09:20 10:10 11:00 11:50 12:30 13:10 14:00 14:50 15:35 16:20 17:10 18:00

I stayed overnight at the village which is a good choice as I got more time to wander around. I used this website called ctrip.com to book a homestay at this place called Eight Joy Homestay. 兰溪八樂民宿 - 兰溪 诸葛镇商业街8号 ,诸葛八卦村景区内近丞相祠堂。However the website is in chinese. The homestay costs about RMB$173 and
I have a room with an attached bathroom.

I am really glad I made this decision as the homestay is great. It a newly set up homestay that is less than 8 months old. The owner bought the place and totally renovated it. There are 5 rooms in this home stay. It new and it is clean. The furnishings used are of good quality and even the mattress is of the good quality type, The lady host Ms Hua who is running the homestay told me it cost RMB$10,000 for each mattress and the bedsheets costs at least RMB$400. Pillows are also of 4 stars hotel type. Ms Hua is a co owner of the home stay and she runs the place on her own. She used to work in the hotel industry for 20 years. As I am the only guest there, she upgraded my room to the loft on the 3rd floor which is warmer. The weather was very cold when I was there on 20 November 2018.

Ms Hua meets me outside the village and leaded me in. In this way I save on the RMB$100 entrance ticket. I connected with her with Wechat as my hp had problem accepting the local china sim card and I relied on international roaming for survival. I would strongly advised bringing a second handphone to China for backup. My 2nd handphone failed on me when I was there. The irony.

Ms Hua then sold me a discounted ticket of RMB$70 so that I could visit on all the local attractions. There is also a free tour guide when the group is big enough of 7 to 8 persons and she asked me to wait for the group to come along at the home stay and tag along with them which I did. The attractions are interesting except the tour guide was going it through very quickly. We went through about 5 to 6 attractions. There are history of how the village comes about. I won't go through as you can read it online.

The village is very scenic and the atmosphere is very peaceful and relaxing. The air is very fresh. After the local tour, I went to another part of the village where there is a mini zoo and I also went to the temple which is about 20 minutes walk away. It a very old temple which I chance upon on by the recommendation of a villager. I had my dinner and breakfast with the homestay. It a separate cost and it really home cooked meal. As I am the only guest there, she cooked whether she is eating. For dinner I have home made beancurd and potatoes that are planted by her mother in their lanxi village which is 40 minutes away. For breakfast she cooked a eight treasures ingredients porridge that was often cooked by my own mother. Ms Hua also made fresh chinese onion pancake for me. It really felt like home when I stayed there. Ms Hua really treated me like a old friend and really took care of me.

I basically got lost wandering around the village and she was so worried. It does not help that the network in the village is not that great and I didn't get her messages.

On the part of food sold in the village. Some things to note:

I noticed that they washed their vegetables, bowls, mops, laundry all in the ponds in the various part of the village. So imagine if someone has just washed their bowls and mops in the pond and then the restaurant washed their raw chickens and vegetables in the same pond before cooking it for your meal?! I would get diarrhea, So I am really glad I ate in the homestay instead. Ms Hua is actually from Lanxi city and not a local Zhuge Bagua villager so her exposure and level of hygiene are way much higher and especially since she used to work in a hotel for 20 years it does help a lot.

Side note: There is this handmade ancient wooden lock set that I would suggest buying. It handmade and the guy making it is the last of his kind. It made great gifts.

I departed at 10.30 am the next morning and went to the Zhuge Bagua bus station and took the 11.20 am bus back to Hangzhou. The trip back cost RMB$70. If you only spoke English, it will be tough to go around on your own in Zhuge Bagua area as the locals do not understand English. When I purchased the coach ticket, they actually need my passport to key it into their system before printing out the ticket and the bus station staff actually keyed in "passport" as my name until I pointed it out to her.

Overall it a great stay and visit to this village. I would go there before it get too commercialized/
Written November 28, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sigrid L
Brussels, Belgium246 contributions
Photogenic village, worth a visit
Nov 2018 • Solo
Photogenic village indeed, recommended.
I don’t mind paying for heritage, but if the in the ticket included sites then seem to open and close at will and people start charging extra for viewpoints etc. I find that really annoying. Seems to be a problem in most of the ticketed villages. On the other hand, it’s clearly a village which is still lived in, where you can witness local life early and late in the day when there are no tour groups - that’s why I prefer an overnight stay in a village rather than a day trip.
I stayed in the friendly and comfortable Sangu Maolu Hostel (rather a hotel) on Datong road (+86 579 88601551) nearby, within easy walking distance to the scenic area.
While you’re here, also have a look at Xinye village, I went by chartered car for 30rmb one way from Zhuge, but there are buses as well if you have more time.
Written November 16, 2018
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David C
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK219 contributions
Zhuge Bagua World Heritage Site1992
Apr 2017 • Friends
We drove on for a couple more hours, through a bit of rain and fimnally arrived at the village of Zhuge Begua, which is a tourist attraction as well preserved ancient village.
This place was more interesting and we stayed some time and I even found a sit down toilet, which I washed the seat with a wet tissue.
The founder of theis village, Zhuge, in The Han dynasty, apparently made his fortune by being a useful advisor to the emperor of the time. There were some substantial buildings and schoolrooms and large temples, seemingly dedicated to the family which carried on for approx. 48 generations. He also devised a work for planning family instructions, which I’d like to get a translation of.
Onre of the best villages we've visited so far, with well reserved Ming Dynasty buildings, undamaged during the Cultural Revolution.
The centre Zhong Pond, is in the shape of the Ying Yang symbol, with one half the water of the pond and the other half the village square.
There are interesting landscaped gardens on different levels, with a collection of Bonzai trees, fish ponds and even a snake pit.
From high up, we noticed a shopping area around a lake, so went down and found 2 excellent coffee bars, overlooking the small lake, where some local women were washing clothes.
I asked the coffee bar waitress what it was like living here and she said they needed air conditioning, as it was very hot and humid in the Summer. I don't know how they could live in these places in ancient times and build such excellent houses, if they didn't have the luxury of air conditioning..
Written May 11, 2017
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Lao G
Sydney, Australia26 contributions
Oh I love the ancient villages of China - this is in Southern Zhejiang
Jun 2016 • Solo
Zhugeliang is such a famous figure of ancient Chinese history, and this village was the centre of his family in the song, ming dynasties. It is not a centre of tourism, but is wonderful and original. I would have happily stayed there in primitive accommodation, don't expect any star accommodation; just wander around the streets, I loved it.
Written January 7, 2017
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villeh15
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
Very well preserved traditional village
Oct 2016 • Business
Though popular destination for local people, not so many foreign tourists from Shanghai have found this impressive historical village yet. Possibility to see real chinese culture and learn about history after the fuss in big cities. A stroll on the narrow lanes is a great experience for those interested in local culture and history.
Written October 15, 2016
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Marija_12
Zadar, Zagrebacka, Croatia209 contributions
Nice surprise
Feb 2014 • Friends
I went there in February and there was just one small group of Chinese tourists. I almost couldn't believe it. I know it's not a high season, but it was a welcome surprise. Just locals basically. When we went we didn't have to pay for the entrance fee, but if you wish to visit some historical objects and an exhibition or two, the admission is 100. However, many other similar buildings are open so I am not sure if paying 100 is a good idea. Probably the best traditional village I've seen so far in China. But don't be disappointed when you get there and see that it's surrounded by new buildings.
Written February 25, 2014
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blax100
Shanghai, China7 contributions
Very nice
Feb 2014 • Couples
Many tourists for chinese new year but not too much. The architecture is so beautiful.
We saw also Daofeng temple and can have a very pleasant walk behind the temple.
Written February 8, 2014
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Kidlat53
Makati, Philippines136 contributions
One of the best
Apr 2013 • Friends
This is one of the best places I've ever been. The village remained virtually the same as it was many decades ago. The alleys and streets are mystified to any first timer. Unlike other ancient villages and towns transformed into commercial havens, local residents still live there. It is truly an amazing feeling to spend a few hours in the village to mix with the local people and see their way of life.
Written May 23, 2013
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Dongpurou
Shanghai, China53 contributions
A great place to get lost in
Mar 2013 • Family
This ancient village is one of the most beautiful in Zhejiang, a maze of cobblestone alleys and a great place to walk around and get lost in.
The beautiful pools in the village are a fantastic setting both for photography and watching the slow pace of the village life.
Highly recommended.
Written March 26, 2013
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xingming
Bicton, Australia788 contributions
Lesser known gem
Feb 2013 • Friends
This ancient village is unique in that its layout is based on the feng shui principles of the Bagua ie 8 trigrams formation. The centrepoint is the ying and yang shaped pond and the various historic dwellings and halls encircle this in trigram formation. The entire village is virtually unspoiled by later architecture one of the most recent being the former police station from the 1912-1949 era. Most of the buildings are Ming or Qing era. The layout is maze-like so suggest you take a compass - two days there and we still didn't see (find) all we set out to see!
Written March 1, 2013
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