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China's Most Beautiful Villages

You might have heard a lot about ancient towns (like Lijiang Ancient Town, Pingyao Ancient Town, and Huangyao Ancient Town) and ancient cities (like Beijing and Xian) in China. Here, we list several of the most beautiful ancient villages in China, where you can experience the local peaceful lifestyle, the ancient architecture, and the graceful landscapes.These villages include ethnic villages with unique architectural styles and beautiful natural landscapes, and peaceful untouched villages with picturesque scenery. Photographing, hiking, and visiting local families are recommended things to do in these ancient villages.

1. Tuvas Village in Kanas, Xinjiang
Kanas Tuvas Village is near mysterious Lake Kanas. The small village is located in a valley, and only has about 80 houses. These Swiss-style wooden houses are all surrounded by wooden fences, scattered among pine trees and birch trees.Tuvas is an ancient minority group. They traditionally lived as hunter-gathers. It is said that the Tuvas people are the descendants of one group of Genghis Khan’s troops. Kumiss, yogurt, milk tea, and butter are special snacks there.

2. Jiaju Tibetan Village, Danba, Sichuan Province
Jiaju Tibetan Village is known as the "Tibetan fairyland". Jiaju Tibetan Village is on a slight hill slope, and consists of about 140 houses. These unique houses are all built with crown-shaped roofs, red eaves, and white walls, which make the houses look like little castles among the forest.This Tibetan village is a great destination for photographers, especially in spring (from February to April), when the ancient village is decorated with colorful wild flowers, white pear blossoms, and green grassland.

3. Baoshan Stone City, an Naxi Ancient Village Built on a Huge Rock

Baoshao Stone City was built on a huge mushroom-shaped rock, and only has about one hundred houses. The houses are laid out in and orderly way, built on the rock, and linked by stone steps. The locals often chisel the local rock into stone tables, stone benches, stone hearths, and stone water vats.The Naxi people have cut rice terraces and planted crops (such as rice, wheat, and corn) on the hills around the mushroom rock. The Naxi people there still lead an original life; you can experience the colorful Naxi culture there.

4. Hongcun and Xidi, Two Ancient Villages Near the Yellow Mountainshongcun villageHongcun Village
These two ancient villages have been included in the list of World Cultural Heritage. Both of these villages have a history of more than 900 years. They are renowned for their peaceful rural scenery, well-kept ancient buildings, unique Anhui style dwellings, and profound culture. The mountains, the rivers, and the ancient dwellings, make two highly picturesque landscapes.

5. Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village,in Guizhou: the Largest Miao Village in China
xijiang miao village Dry corn hanging in front of a wooden house in Xijiang Miao Village.If you are interested in the Miao Minority, Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village can be a great destination for deepening your understanding of Miao history and culture.Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village consists of more than ten natural hamlets (including the famous Silversmith Hamlet), which are all built on hills. The Miao people are keen on silver ornaments, and their unique silver ornaments are all made exquisitely.

6. Wuyuan in Jiangxi: the Most Beautiful Villages in China
Wuyuan is noted for having "the most beautiful villages in China". In fact, Wuyuan is a county, with many ancient Ming and Qing style architectural features, including 113 ancient ancestral halls, 28 ancient mansions, 36 ancient dwellings, and 187 ancient bridges.
Every village in Wuyuan is built with a river in front, and mountains behind. These villages with elegant buildings are all peacefully harmonious with the natural scenery. Hiking in the surrounding countryside is a popular activity there.

7. Ancient Hakka Villages with Unique Earthen Buildings
yong ding earth buildings
You might think these large round or square buildings are fortifications, not dwellings. In fact, they are the Hakka people’s houses: earthen buildings, which are mainly built in flying-saucer-like shapes.These ancient earthen buildings are mainly located in Fujian Province, especially in Nanjing Prefecture and Yongding Prefecture . Some of them have hundreds of years of history.

8、Hani Village in Yuanyang Yunnan: thousands of mirror reflecting smoke village.
The high mountains and deep valleys, ravines, mountain mountain, in the hidden layer upon layer of peaks and knolls of the Hani people story. The Hani people with perseverance in the dug out of the world famous in the high mountains and lofty hills, the magnificent terrace.

9、 Liping ZhaoXing Dong village,in Guizhou: Lives in the white clouds deep place people
If you want to feel the dong culture take root, is must to ZhaoXing. The extensive outseam MuLou, song ping, grain drying, storage, gravel road, walk in stockaded village surrounded by a stream segmentation, may even feel lose the direction, has no end.

10、Peitian Village,in Fujian: the unique ancient houses of farmers
Peitian Hakka village is located in Liancheng County of Fujian Province, still a complete preservation of ancient buildings of Ming and Qing dynasties. Here is known as "the first village of Fujian residential areas", "South Garden Hotels and Resorts", "the Imperial Palace" in the world. Peitian ancient residential buildings by 30 buildings in the Chinese house, 21 ancient temple, 6 College, two kilometers across the street and a street of arch. The building is full of relief, couplets, a plaque, stone carving, exquisite craftsmanship, very spectacular.

11、Tongli Water Village,in Jiangsu:Venice of the East
If you want to see the Venice of the east, the more can't miss the tongli. Tongli town is located in lake taihu, a canal, surrounded by five lakes, Bridges the somebody else. It was built in the song dynasty, has been 1000 years of history, is worthy of the name of the ancient town. In 1995 is listed as the first batch of historical and cultural town of jiangsu province. Now have a music hall, a former residence of farming, t river, south garden teahouse, pearl tower scenic spots, such as back in one thousand, the charm of the ancient town.

12、Dongjiang Lake Village, in Hunan Province: fog diffuse Xiaodong River.
Dongjiang Lake scenic area, beautiful scenery, charming scenery. Xiaodongjiang fog diffuse, the attractions in the entrance area, formed by the upstream and downstream Dongjiang Hydropower Station in Dongjiang Hydropower Station is about 10 kilometers long and narrow river. Here several years of cross-strait rise amid pinnacle, the lake water transpiration, misty, mysterious and beautiful. Every morning, the comings and goings of the fishermen in the fishing nets, become a beautiful scenery.

13、Xinduqiao Town in Western Sichuan
Xinduqiao Town
Physical Features: Situated in the transition area from Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau to Sichuan Basin, the region is comprised of plateau, and highland and alpine valley. Its terrain slopes generally from the northwest to the southeast, with an average altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet). The main branches in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Jinsha River, Yapan River and Dadu River, flow through the prefecture.
14、Yading Nature Reserve, Daocheng
Daocheng was spoken of as the 'last pure land on earth'. The startling images of Daocheng and the way of life of local tribes and ethnic groups were first shown to the world when the famous American adventurer Joseph Rock issued his article and photographs of Daocheng in the National Geographic after traveling in the county. Daocheng is in the south end of Garze prefecture with Yading Nature Reserve as its core scenic area. Over ninety-six percent of the people living in Daocheng's town seat are Tibetans.