An ancient village with a history of more than 600 years, no entrance fee required, known as the first village on the Xiao He ancient road into Gui!148
There are many ancient villages scattered along the Xiahe Ancient Road between Xianggui and Guizhou, and most of these ancient villages are inextricably related to the Xiahe Ancient Road, and the Xishan Ancient Village, located on the border of Xianggui, is one of the most representative ones.
Located in Chaodong Town, Fuchuan Yao Autonomous County, Guangxi, 36 kilometres from Fuchuan County and 100 kilometres from Hezhou City, Xishan Village is a traditional village inhabited by a mixture of Yao and Han people, of which Yao people account for about 40% and Han people for about 60%. The most important feature of Xishan Village is that the old stone road passes through the village, which is the first village on the Xiaohe Ancient Road from Hunan into Guangxi, so it is also called "the first village on the Xiaohe Ancient Road into Guangxi".
It is a beautiful ancient village located in the surroundings of the mountains.
In 219 B.C., in the 28th year of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty, in order to realize the jurisdiction and management of the three counties in the south of the country, the Qin Emperor Yingzheng expanded the ancient road between Xianggui and Guangzhou, which was the "new road" of the Qin Dynasty from Xianyang, the capital of Qin Dynasty, to Guangzhou, and connected with the Maritime Silk Road.
The first Qin Emperor conquered Lingnan with the benefit of the Xiahe Ancient Road, which was originally a military route and became an important channel of communication between Xianggui and Guizhou after more than 2,000 years.
The ancient village began in the early Ming Dynasty and flourished in the middle of the Ming Dynasty. One can imagine that the ancient road of Xiao He, which passed through the village during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, was a prosperous scene with merchant traffic and trade.
Today, the village of Forked Hill is still located in the Guangxi side of the Xianggui junction of the Xiaohe ancient road, a couple of kilometres past is the village of Yanshiying, Taochuan Town, JiangYong County, Hunan Province, which is also an ancient village with a long history, but on the number of tourists, the gap between the two villages is huge, the village of Forked Hill is overcrowded on holidays, while the village of Yanshiying has basically zero tourists.
In fact, the village of Forked Hill was also an obscure ancient village, but since 2016, it has undergone a radical change and become a representative of the magnificent transformation of ancient villages.
It is said that the village of Forked Hill went from 0 to 10,000 visitors in just 30 days, starting from 140,000 yuan and fully opening up the development of net-worthy rural leisure tourism.
The wall shows the achievements of the village in the past five years, many national honours, CCTV has been live here several times, as a small remote village, this is a very rare achievement.
Touring the ancient village of Forked Mountain is free of charge. When you enter the village of Forked Mountain, you will first see the roadside Feng Shan Temple, which has an open structure and is a bit different from the general temples.
The Feng Shan Temple is past the Xing Long Wind and Rain Bridge, one of the 27 wind and rain bridges in the Fuchuan Yao Wind and Rain Bridge Group, which is a national key cultural relic protection unit.
Xinglong Bridge was built in 1813, with wooden beams made of cedarwood. The bridge was built with eight deep, pierced wooden frames, small green tile roofs, a bridge corridor and a bridge pavilion, and horse-head walls at both ends of the bridge.
There is a theatre next to the bridge. Wind and rain bridges, theatres, temples, etc. are all standard features of the ancient villages in this area.
In fact, the village is very small, it is the red-brick houses along the ancient road of Xiaohe, which is only 500 meters long. The vicissitudes of the old stone road are well preserved here, and it can be said that the village is the most well-preserved ancient village along the ancient road of Xiaohe.
This narrow street is the old merchant street of Xiashan Village, which has been bustling since the Ming Dynasty, and all the merchants coming south from Hunan must pass through here.
Tourism has greatly boosted the catering and service industries in the village. The ancient village, which does not require an entrance fee, has brought in many tourists and the villagers have been able to escape poverty through tourism.
On both sides of the stone street of Xiaohe Ancient Road, there are oil tea houses, restaurants, speciality stores and all kinds of small literary stores, which are worth a slow tour and a fine taste.
In terms of snacks, you must try the most famous local oil tea and shuttle baba, although it is not very delicious, you can't miss it when you pass by.
I met an 8-year-old girl who took a photo with a 100-year-old granny in the village. The granny had great energy, and it was not obvious that she was an old man who had lived in the village for a century.
In addition to various restaurants, there are also a number of experience and exhibition halls along the old road, including a museum of the youth of the forked mountain.
At the end of the trail, you can see the newly restored ancient pass of Xiashan at the end of the village.
According to the record of Fuchuan County, Hunan Baoqing people (now Shaoyang City) like to enter Gui from the Pass of the Forked Mountain, and they are mostly engaged in business, mostly for oil and salt, and there are also good workers who build houses for the local area.
Beside the gatehouse of the pass, there is also an old guiding stone inlaid with the words "left to go to the rock temple camp", which is also a rare guiding stone on the ancient road of Xiao He.
After seeing the ancient village, there is time to climb the back of the mountain. There is a pavilion in the small square on the slope of the mountain, which is suitable for climbing to the top to overlook the panoramic view of the ancient village of Xia shan.
The simple traditional red brick houses with distinctive eaves and corners are almost well preserved in the ancient houses of the village.
In front of the parking lot at the end of the village, a small stream flows through and a simple stone beam ancient bridge crosses the stream.
The bridge pier has a double fish pattern, and this old bridge with green stone slabs is also known as the Double Fish Ancient Bridge.
In addition, not far from the village of Lixishan, there is also a wondrous sight, which is called "the largest natural mountain reclining Buddha in South China", Ao shan Mountain.
It's hard to get a full shot without a wide-angle, but look at this part, it looks like a reclining Buddha.
Thousands of years of ancient roads still exist today, but the Qin Shi Huang was not seen. These pearl-like ancient villages are the most precious memories of the Chinese nation, they witnessed the history and kept the memories, they are slowly ageing and gradually forgotten.
The ancient village of Forked Hill is undoubtedly fortunate to have become a relatively well-known local tourist attraction in recent years, but it is still very original. You may wish to walk into Forked Hill some time to see these ancient dwellings, ancient theatres, ancient passes, ancient temples, ancient ancestral halls, ancient trees and ancient wells ...... walk the stone roads, stone bridges and wind and rain bridges to feel the thousand-year vicissitudes of the ancient road of Xiao He.