Top 8 Ancient Ethnic Villages in Heqing County, Dali

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The state has published a list of three groups of Chinese traditional villages. These traditional villages have unique natural and cultural tourism resources and wonderful highlights. There are 502 villages in Yunnan Province that have been listed in the list of national traditional villages, including 8 villages in Heqing County. Next, I will introduce you to 8 ancient villages in Heqing County to help you plan rural tourist attractions in Yunnan.

Heqing County, under the jurisdiction of Dali Prefecture in Yunnan Province, China, is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province. Heqing County has 7 towns and 1 township. Next, I will introduce these eight villages one by one for you.

1. Changtou Village(长头村)

As a post station of the ancient tea-horse road, Changtou Village was an important post station of the ancient tea-horse road in the Ming Dynasty. It was the place that the caravans had to pass in the process of transporting goods. It was the gathering place of the caravans in the western Yunnan area, leaving behind many cultural scenes. Changtou village is an ancient village where Bai people gather and was listed in the second batch of traditional Chinese villages in 2013. The ancient architecture group of Changtou Natural Village was formed in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. The ancient architecture followed the requirements of Dali Bai people’s residential buildings for the location and orientation of the building. Housing construction is mostly built on the mountain, facing the river.

How to Get to Changtou Village

Changtou Village is 12 kilometers away from the seat of Songgui Town government and 16 kilometers away from Heqing County. The roads on both sides are asphalt roads with convenient transportation.

2. Junying Village(军营村)

Junying Village is a traditional Chinese village and is an ancient village mainly inhabited by Han and Bai ethnic groups. As Yanggong River passes through the village, the village has formed buildings with wind and rain bridges as its main features. It is said that the wind and rain bridge was built on the Xihe River not only to facilitate people’s transportation, but also to ward off evil spirits and save money.

How to Get to Junying Village

Junying Village is located in the east of Songgui Town, 0.3km from Longzhu Village Committee and 7.50km from Songgui Town. Yanggong River passes through the village and is the seat of Longzhu Village Committee.

3. Jienan Village(街南村)

Jienan Village has a large area of green hills and grass and pastoral scenery. The village group in the south of the street belongs to the village Committee of songgui. it is located in the center of songgui market town, along the songgui tea-horse ancient road, and at the fu Guo gong temple in the center of songgui street. it is the highest point of the ancient town and has been built for hundreds of years.

How to Get to Jienan Village

Songgui Town is located 28 kilometers south of the county seat. Dali Road passes through the village and is adjacent to Jindun Township, Liuhe Township, Longkaikou Town and Xiyi Town. It is the traffic artery of Heqing County’s south gate.

4. Heyi Village(和邑村)

Heyi village is a thousand-year-old village on the “tea-horse ancient road” and is the birthplace where the ancestors opened up Heqing. In the process of continuous inheritance and development for thousands of years, many precious material and cultural heritages have been left behind, including ancient road culture, caravan culture and other intangible cultural heritages. These massive rare and duplicated heritages are unique cultural advantages of Heyi.

How to Get to Heyi village

Heyi Village is affiliated to Jindun Township, Heqing County, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province. It is located 3 kilometers south of the county seat of Heqing County. It is backed by Chaoxia Mountain. Dayang Highway passes through the village and has convenient transportation.

5. Jinchihe Village(金翅禾村)

Jinchihe  Nature Village, located at the southernmost tip of Heqing Bazi, is the first village where the ancient tea-horse road crosses Xiang Mian Mountain to enter Heqing Bazi. It is the main traffic route on the ancient tea-horse road and is the most typical and well-preserved Bai nationality residential village in Heqing.

How to Get to Jinchihe Village

Jinchihe Village is located in Yinhe Village, Jindun Township, Heqing County, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province. It is 1 kilometer from Yinhe Village Committee, 3 kilometers from Jindun Township Government and 12 kilometers from Heqing County.

6. Wuxing Village(五星村)

The northwest of Wuxing Village is deeply cut by Yanggongjiang River to form steep canyons and precipices. The two precipices have beautiful green hills and scenery, and there are natural wonders such as swallow cliff and dense cliff. Wuxing village has a profound national culture. it is the original residence of Bai yi people, a branch of yi nationality in liuhe township, in kua e shan. it is also the center of Bai yi culture in liuhe township.

How to Get to Wuxing Village

Wuxing Village is affiliated to Liuhe Township, Heqing County, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province. It is 8km from the seat of Liuhe Township Government and 76km from Heqing County.

7. Lingdi Village(灵地村)

Lingdi village has beautiful terrace natural scenery. it is far away from the pollution of modern industry. the local conditions and customs are full of the charming atmosphere of original ecology. there is a traditional ethnic minority-Bai nationality living here. All of them are good at singing and dancing. Every Spring Festival and other traditional festivals, they hold grand singing and dancing, Yunnan opera and other activities, with everyone participating. In 2013, Lingdi Village was included in the second batch of Chinese traditional villages with important protection value.

How to Get to Lingdi Village

Lingdi Administrative Village belongs to Liuhe Yi Township, Heqing County, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province. It is located on Yanggong Jiangxi Bank in the west of Liuhe Township and has convenient transportation. It is 42km away from Heqing County, 14km away from Liuhe Township Government and 24km away from Songgui Town.

8. Xinhua Village(新华村)

Xinhua Village is a typical Bai stockade and a cultural tourist area built according to the original ecological natural villages. Xinhua Village has both beautiful natural scenery and beautiful surrounding landscape, with an elevation of 2,000-2,300 meters, and a 10,000 mu grassland wetland and a clear and mellow farmhouse spring. The unique architectural style of the local ethnic groups and the rich and clear waters not only have the soft beauty of the water villages in the south of the Yangtze River, but also have the unique complex of water villages in the plateau. In 2009, “Yindu Watertown” Xinhua Village was a national 4A-level tourist area. In 2014, Xinhua village was included in the list of Chinese traditional villages.

How to Get to Xinhua Village

Xinhua village is 510 kilometers south of Kunming and 128 kilometers south of Dali ancient city. 39 kilometers north of Lijiang is paved with asphalt, 200 kilometers north of Shangri-La and 12 kilometers south of Lijiang Airport.