YuanJiaCun Village
YuanJiaCun Village
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If you are looking for a totally fake historical town, this is it. (Las Vegas, anyone?)
1.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2021
Having lived and worked in Xi'an (about 70 miles away) for 7 years, I took the opportunity to take a group tour with colleagues. I can only say I was glad I didn't pay for the trip myself. If you are fan of fake reproductions of historical places (such as those found in Las Vegas), you might enjoy it. Just keep in mind there is absolutely NOTHING authentic about this "village", although it is marketed as such. Even if you don't mind "fake", there's no reason to travel 70 miles for that... You probably will be starting out in Xi'an anyway, and it has plenty of fake attractions (such as the Tang Paradise) right there in Xi'an with no additional traveling required. The village workers are dressed in "local traditional costumes" but the workers are anything but local. Several members of my group were native Chinese speakers. My friends asked some of the costume-dressed workers in the village if they actually were from there. To a person, every worker we spoke with said they were not local but came from all around China just to work as fake locals. People in China are so used to "fake historical recreations" that they think nothing of this boring concept. I'm not quite so gullible. I cannot recommend this tourist trap at all... unless you like actually are fond of tourist traps, of course. For most of you, you will have limited time to explore China, so I suggest you not waste one of your precious days in the fakery of this village. Like in all of China, the government meddles in everything. This is no exception. This "authentic village" was created on the orders of the government, simply to bring revenue into the town. In the parlance of our time, "Nuff said?"

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DevMehra1988
Baoji, China701 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Visited this place today on 13th of August, as one of my Chinese friend took me there, the place is not far from Xi'an. we reached there in one hour by driving car. as we reached there, there were lot of people already there. somehow after parking our car we went inside the village. there are hardly two three street which are looks like old village rest is all commercialization of this place. then we went toward the food street, but there were lot of people we saw it was fully rushed. but it also looks nice as there were lots of food shop. we roamed around whole food streets and had food at one place. food is quite expensive than city, but nice. spend a good time here. I'm sharing some pictures you can have a look of the place. recommended with friends and family to visit.Thank you.
Written August 13, 2015
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Sharon A
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The genuine village proper is located further in the complex.
Look out for the statue of Chairman Mao as you come down the main road, walk another 30 metres along the main road, keep looking to the right (the same side of the Chairman Mao statue). You should eventually see a big, dusty clearing with some trees. There is a large shrine dedicated to the local deity and village ancestors. The path to the village is located behind the shrine.
Bring cash in the local currency and an empty stomach. There are lots of delicious local snacks and food. In fact, there is a street entirely dedicated to food. (NO MacD or Starbucks here...for now). There are a few shops showcasing local crafts.
Written June 30, 2018
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dcplee
Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
A small town located 70 km away from Xian where it has been transformed to a tourist attraction with shops modeled during the Qing dynasty . While the food are mostly spicy and is dedicated to the local taste bud. One item I will highly recommend is their Tong Guan Chinese Burger which is fantastic in taste and is non spicy. This Chinese burger from Tong Guan is different from the rest of their similar burgers in that the bread is more layered and crusty. Will also recommend to have a shoulder and neck massage while resting in one of their tea house. will certainly gives you an unique experience.
Written October 20, 2017
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Euro888
Dresden, Germany6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Having lived and worked in Xi'an (about 70 miles away) for 7 years, I took the opportunity to take a group tour with colleagues. I can only say I was glad I didn't pay for the trip myself. If you are fan of fake reproductions of historical places (such as those found in Las Vegas), you might enjoy it. Just keep in mind there is absolutely NOTHING authentic about this "village", although it is marketed as such. Even if you don't mind "fake", there's no reason to travel 70 miles for that... You probably will be starting out in Xi'an anyway, and it has plenty of fake attractions (such as the Tang Paradise) right there in Xi'an with no additional traveling required. The village workers are dressed in "local traditional costumes" but the workers are anything but local. Several members of my group were native Chinese speakers. My friends asked some of the costume-dressed workers in the village if they actually were from there. To a person, every worker we spoke with said they were not local but came from all around China just to work as fake locals. People in China are so used to "fake historical recreations" that they think nothing of this boring concept. I'm not quite so gullible. I cannot recommend this tourist trap at all... unless you like actually are fond of tourist traps, of course. For most of you, you will have limited time to explore China, so I suggest you not waste one of your precious days in the fakery of this village. Like in all of China, the government meddles in everything. This is no exception. This "authentic village" was created on the orders of the government, simply to bring revenue into the town. In the parlance of our time, "Nuff said?"
Written November 8, 2021
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Joan0452013
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We had to run the gauntlet of hawker stalls: souvenir, fruit, etc before entering the village. A statue of Chairman Mao attracted a lot of photographers....from China as well as overseas..

I bought an enormous peach for 2yuan, tourist's price I'm sure, but it turned out to be the most luscious peach I have ever eaten.

Fast becoming a tourist trap, if not already, this place encapsulates village life.
The row of shops where we entered the village did not appear to be trading, there were no shopkeepers nor customers; perhaps they were set up to showcase different types of business such as a traditional herbalist or medicine shop.
There was a stall selling tortoises, axolotl and frogs in shades of pink, turquoise and orange.

Further into the village there were cafes and people having a massage or their ears cleaned amidst very loud music from a shop selling CDs. What a contrast!

One of the streets was definite Eat Street: all types of noodles, fried pastries, flat breads, fried scorpions and a wine shop.

We had the most delicious yet simple lunch in a family-run restaurant. Seated in the front courtyard under bunches of red grapes we enjoyed the freshest of food piping hot from the kitchen.

We were there mid-week so there wasn't much of a crowd.

There are plans for more development, so go before the village becomes more commercialised and touristy.
Written September 25, 2017
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lsparrow
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
It is just a mock-up commercialised village selling food at much higher prices than in the city. Only go if you don't have the opportunity to roam around in the city as you can find most of the food here. It gets repetitive after awhile.
Written November 25, 2014
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Triplyzer I
500 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
What a pretty village. I truly enjoyed walking through the meandering walkways in this small village.
Written May 27, 2018
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hrpmrl
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Just to add to what others have said, we enjoyed a day visit there today with a Chinese student. We didn't have a car, so we took a "public" bus that left from the big bus station across the road from HanChengLu subway station (#1 line) for 21 yuan each one way. I gather that the buses are relatively infrequent (like every 2 hours), and the trip is about an hour or 90 minutes. I think it would be a challenge to make the trip and enjoy the village if one did not speak any Chinese (we don't), but maybe if you had a printout of the Chinese name of the village you could manage it. Check on the time of the last bus back to Xi'an too (maybe it is 3pm)!
Written March 11, 2017
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BrisbaneTraveldoctor
Brisbane, Australia387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
Visited YuanJiaCun Village with a tour group expecting to visit a Mao era village & see a slice of decades past.

We had lunch when we arrived at a 'farmer's restaurant' which was OK. Nice food, but nothing special. The building/s that the 'farmer's restaurant' was housed in was clearly from the Mao era & this whole block was interesting to look at.

The adjacent eat street/s were another story however. Very commercialised & packed with lots of interesting food stalls. I remain disappointed that the tour company didn't simply allow us to eat there vs the 'farmer's restaurant', so we could sample all of the delicious looking & smelling things that the locals were eating.

YuanJiaCun Village is somewhere that Xian locals go to for a day/afternoon out - to eat & enjoy the atmosphere. As westerners we were an oddity on the day. It's a bit like visiting Berrima just south of Sydney in NSW.

Lots to see & sample, including deep fried scorpions, lots of chillies, breads & noodles.

Interesting & good fun, just not what we were led to believe.

Tip: make sure you've got some room to try some of the great local foods - don't eat before you go.
Written November 23, 2015
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LaPaj
LA284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
We went to YuanJiaCun on a Wednesday afternoon and was told that it would have been packed without parking spots during the weekends. It is clearly a big attraction for local Chinese, who want to get out of Xian city and be closer to nature. Just outside the village, there is horseback riding and fishing. The village itself has two main sectors: living quarter for locals and commercial streets. The commercial streets are full of delicious foods, but overall may not be too different from other folk villages all over developed China. However, a museum documenting its changes (in Chinese with many pictures) is amazing. The villagers (Yuan family and Guo family are the majorities) have lived on the site for many generations and saw lots of changes related to politics and natural disasters. Before a former village head Mr. Guo and his team led the radical "transformation" from traditional farming to small business development, everyone was dirt poor. Now the central government and provincial leaders set it as an example of how people can develop themselves by identifying great opportunities.
Written March 30, 2014
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