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Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings

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Arnold C wrote a review Dec 2019
San Francisco, California700 contributions191 helpful votes
There are many heritage type venues which receive preservation and this is a gem which one must visit while in Guilin. It is truly amazing and reflects the protective nature of villages of the time period.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Hello_Dude wrote a review Apr 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia160 contributions8 helpful votes
When we visited here there was basically nobody there- it appeared to be almost completely abandoned. It was kind of an artistic experience in this abandoned village on a grey, cold, windy day, but other than that it does not have much to do to recommend itself if you have been to any other place in China with historical architecture. Also, locals are now trying to charge 20 yuan to get in which seems to be a trend in China of charging to go to every little place of any value whatsoever. Also, some guidebooks claim that there is accommodation available nearby but seriously, do not subject yourself to this abject, dirty accommodation and get back to Guilin before nightfall.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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TwoKatz wrote a review Feb 2017
Metchosin, Canada1,633 contributions498 helpful votes
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I requested our tour guide take us here and if you have plenty of time in the area I recommend it. If not, get down to Yangshuo and stay there. From Guilin it took a good hour and half to drive there and the drive wasn't very interesting. The village itself is being renovated in a good way but is for all purposes a tourist village where you, as a local or foreign tourist, pay admission to enter. We were met by a local guide - a very pleasant middle aged woman actually living in the village - who escorted us around the village and surrounds in a very relaxed manner so we had lots of time to look. There are some very pretty vistas and interesting historic buildings of 'old' China to see.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Ping L wrote a review Nov 2016
Timaru881 contributions488 helpful votes
Talking about away from beaten track, this is as good as it gets. This is a photographer's dream. The village is tiny and settled by a prominent scholar by the surname of Zhou (akin to Zhou Yuen Fatt). Many of the descendants here do very well for themselves and the original ancient house is still there, and for interested parties, you can pay a donation to enter into the original residence. Otherwise, it's okay just to take a glimpse from the outside. The original historical part of the village is the bit that most travellers and tourists are interested in. They are made with mud and stones, and they are put together precariously. Some buildings are on the verge of collapsing. There are quite a number of buildings that are being restored at the moment, and by asking the local builders, they explained that it's been backed by the Government to preserve its cultural heritage. The Government reasoned that preservation of ancient buildings are good in terms of retaining local population and providing them with a livelihood of catering to tourism. Mind you, the primary industry here is planting rice, and that will always be the main source of income here. However, as you wander further inside, ancient buildings are starting to be replaced by solar panel street lights and boxy multi storey modern buildings devoid of any architectural merit. Along the horizon, you get to be reminded that you are still within the Guilin's famous karst limestone hills, and that there are fields and fields of cumquat. Local people have understood the merit of tourism, and now, they have built themselves a entrance fee collection point just a kilometre down from the village. You definitely need local people to bring you here as the sign pointer directing you to this place has since been taken down due to road construction. Commendable visit though.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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neuogenisis wrote a review Jan 2016
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions11 helpful votes
We rented top quality (friendly mechanic) pushbikes from ride giant in Guilin and rode 35km (note lonely planet states 25km) to this wonderful town. Mostly flat but you should, if riding, leave as early as possible to make the most of the day. This town is currently being partially renovated and we were lucky due to some of it being a construction site to be able to walk inside houses, some still with furnishings and personal items left after the inhabitants left. Well worth the trip. There is a very old town also on the way on the west side of the road perhaps half way that can be visited also. You may be able to attend via public transport, please check.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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