tukang-jalan.com – WHEN IT comes to Wuyuan county in East China’s Jiangxi province, many locals and tourists familiar with the area think of bright yellow rape flowers on terraced fields in spring.
However, the county shows its other side between early November and early December – the red leaves of the maple trees.
The read leaves season last year started about 15 days later than usual due to warm weather.
The red leaves mean that from dawn till sundown, photographers gather at villages like Chengcun and Daicun in the Shicheng scenic area to capture beautiful pictures. Among the top attractions for the snappers are the red leaves and the black-and-white Hui-style houses covered in mist with the backdrop of green mountains.
Hui-styles architecture is one of the major Chinese architectural styles of ancient times, and developed into a significant school during the Song dynasty (AD 420-479), with buildings distinctive for their skylights as well as their monochrome colors.
The two villages are surrounded by many ancient maple trees, with an average height of more than 35 meters. Patience and timing when taking pictures are important, because the vista can sometimes vanish entirely in the foggy weather.
#Chengcun’s black-and-white Hui-styles houses, covered in mist, create beautiful scenes for visiting photographers.
It is also delightful to stroll around the villages to see the daily lives of the people. They put piles of tea seeds in front of their houses to dry them in the sun before extracting camellia oil.
About 30 kilometers from Shicheng is Rainbow Bridge, a covered bridge with a history of more than 800 years. The wooden bridge consists of six pavilions and five corridors, with a total length of 140 meters and width of more than 3 meters.
The stone bridge piers bear the marks of previous floods, which carried wooden logs from the mountain, hitting the piers along the way and leaving their marks. some village women can be seen on the riverbank washing clothes by beating t hem repeatedly with wooden sticks.
When the water ebbs, visitors can cross the river by stepping on square rocks arranged in a straight line. On the opposite bank is a large old rolling mill wheel for villagers to pound rice.
Many of Wuyuan’s ancient villages have camphor trees, because locals believe their longevity represents vitality and their special odor can ward off evil spirits. They also make small teapots out of the wood for sale as souvenirs.
The most well-known tree is Yantian Village’s 1,600-year-old camphor tree tha t takes more than a dozen people to en circle it.
In the villages, Hui-styles mansions are arranged in rows. The houses are famous for their iconic high walls shaped like horse heads as a means of fireproofing, and black tiles and white walls. Such houses also have skylights that can drain water, reduce the heat of sunshine, and offer good ventilation.
Some villages in Wuyuan are particularly known for their well preserved Hui-styles houses. One of the most famous is Likeng Village.
#Wangkou Village in Jiangwan township and its traditional Hui-style houses amid a green landscape.
The houses are decorated with delicate carvings of auspicious patterns on brick, wood or stone, which indicate the owner’s profession, social status and hobbies.
In the former residence of Li Wenjin, an official from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the carvings on the beams around the skylight show Li’s wealth. The scenes in the carvings feature people with vivid expressions dressed in feudal officials costumes, and there is even a fat mouse sleeping under a desk. This small detail shows that family was so rich that even the mouse was well fed.
The declaration Pavilion in the village, built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is close to the ancient Tongji Arch Bridge, which spans the stream in the village.
The pavilion is a place where villagers would get together to mediate civil disputes and criticize and punish those who violated the village rules. Nowadays, it is a place of rest for villagers and tourists.
Meanwhile, autumn is also the harvest time for chrysanthemum in Wuyuan. In this season, villagers pick the flowers and dry them in a large oven rather in the sun, to keep their original shape.
Chrysanthemum are then packed separately in small bags, making them easy to carry. Tea shops are ubiquitous in wuyuan’s villages and shop owners put flowers in a glass and add hot water to make a fragrant tea.
This area has increased its attraction to tourists in recent times as the logistics of getting there have improved greatly. Travel now takes about seven hours from Beijing to Wuyuan by train, thanks to the Hefei-Fuzhou high-speed railway unveiled this summer.
The route has been dubbed the most beautiful high-speed line in the country because it connects the capital with picturesque destinations in southern China such as the Wuyi Mountains in the eastern Fujian province and the Huangshan Mountains in the eastern Anhui province. [tukang-jalan.com – Sources : China daily, January 8-14, 2016 |By Xu Lin and Shi Xiaofeng | firstname.lastname@example.org]
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#Rainbow Bridge, a covered bridge with a history of more than 800 years, consists of six pavilions and five corridors
There are four round trip trains between Beijing and Wuyuan every day. It is convenient to reach the county by high-speed train or car from neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai. It is better to take a bus or taxi to go from one scenic spot to another because these are scattered around the county.
Wuyuan is hot and wet during the summer, so the best times to visit are spring, when the rape flowers are in bloom, and November and December when the maple leaves turn red.