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Le'an villages provide perfect escape

By Xie Min | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-04-30 09:42

Le’an, a county located in East China’s Jiangxi province, enjoys various natural landscapes where hills, valleys, rivers and flats interlace with each other. It also boasts rich cultural heritages with a couple of villages featuring either long history or ethnic minorities. These villages provide tranquil places for downtown dwellers who are trying to escape the city chaos.

Liukeng village

Liukeng village, dubbed the “first ancient village”, has over 1,000 years of history. Surrounded by rivers and mountains, the village enjoys beautiful scenery and is famous for its large-scale architecture as well as unique building layout. In its central part are row upon row of ancestral temples and residences, and long streets and deep lanes zigzagging in an orderly way. The village now has more than 260 sites and buildings dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties as well as many precious culture heritages.

Liukeng village in Le’an county, Jiangxi province, is dubbed the “first ancient town”. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The village is famous for its large-scale architecture as well as unique building layout. [Photo by Fan Lijiao/chinadaily.com.cn]

Datong and Xiatong villages

About 50 kilometers from the downtown area of Le’an lie the Datong and Xiatong villages. They are two neighboring villages in the mountain area of Jinzhu town, both of which are residences for the She people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in China. The villages feature beautiful landscape, a peaceful environment and unique She culture. Visitors can experience the She delicacies, art performances and homestays in the villages.

Datong village is famous for its traditional She architectures with full-wall paintings. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Women make traditional She embroideries in the Datong village. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

An aerial view of Xiatong village at dusk [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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