November 2017. My visit to Taishun County was a major highlight of my travels across southern china in 2017. I saw an array of ancient bridges, an abandoned temple, a stunning reservoir and an equally awesome three-tiered waterfall set in a remote forest-mountain park. Driving back to my Sixi Town hotel on the last evening, I thought my explorations had come to an end when we suddenly happened upon this ancient village community.
November 2017. Xu Ao Di is literally a little pocket of Taishun that time forgot, a place where the locals farm everything they eat themselves and make their own handicrafts.
November 2017. The village temple is a tiny structure with a simple, single chamber and faded shrine. Built around a mammoth old tree, I had to take care while accessing it via the mossy, crumbly old steps.
November 2017. Delving deeper into the village, we were able to walk freely around a few of the inner courtyards, now mostly derelict and used for little more than storage. In olden times they were home to agricultural workshops and you can see still see the rotting remains of forgotten tools and outdated wooden contraptions used for plowing, water lifting and rice choosing.
November 2017. I did spot one courtyard resident, a local cat resting in one of the open top floor windows overlooking the grey slate roof. By now the late afternoon light was fading and although we’d only managed a rushed tour, I was grateful that Amy had spotted the sign and that we’d taken the time to see another fascinating side of Taishun County.
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