The 10 of China’s Beautiful Small Villages
China has urbanized rapidly and still continues to do so. It has changed so much over the past few decades that you won’t be able to imagine its growth from ancestral pictures.
But despite numerous skyscrapers and tech innovations, away from the metropolis are charming rural areas where China’s beautiful small villages reside.
Located in China’s southeastern Jiangxi Province is Wuyuan Country, a famous destination to see the country’s best-preserved ancient architecture. The majority of the county is littered with humble villages but one catches the eye.
Likeng Village was built in 1010 and preserves the Hui architecture, defined by whitewashed walls and cyan blue rooftops. There’s an entrance fee for tourists but we believed it’s a reasonable cost if, in exchange, you get to see the blossoming canola flowers in the spring.
Another top rural China destination is Luoping County, located in Yunnan Province. It is famous for its beautiful karstic hills and endless yellow fields.
When visiting Luoping County, one must also see Niujie Village in which canola flowers bloom in a tiered meadow. If you want to experience the blooming at its full peak, you must visit Niujie Village from February to March.
If you have heard of the most beautiful Yuanyang Rice Terraces, then it’s hard to miss the quaint village nestled between the Douyishu and Bada terraces.
The Shengcun Village is inhabited by the Hani and Yi ethnic people. During market days, the locals buy and sell fresh produce, livestock, cultural wares, and more impressive things. Unlike other villages, Shengcun does not charge an entrance fee so you get to see and experience its beauty for free.
Shuangfeng Forest Farm
If you are a fan of long winters, don’t ever miss out on Shuangfeng Forest Farm, also known as “China Snow Town.” This town is well known for its 7-month-long snowfall and deepest snows. It started off as a one-street logging village but slowly converted into a famous tourist location with many of the original houses were revamped into guesthouses.
At the heart of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture resides the Danba Villages, one of the most beautiful villages of all of China. Each village is a group of Tibetan-style houses that are built on the slopes of the mountains. They are usually painted red, yellow, and black and have religious iconography on their walls.
Hongcun Ancient Village
Hongcun’s is one of China’s well-known ancient villages and is located at the foot of the Yellow Mountains. It’s a famous site where some scenes of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed. It is surrounded by a moon-shaped pond and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for its preserved Ming and Qing-era architecture.
Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village
Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, located in Guizhou Province, is the home of the Miao people, one of China’s 56 ethnic minorities, know for their singing and dancing, color, embroidery, and houses built on wooden stilts.
The Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is the best place to start if you want to know about the Miao culture. They have the Miao Nationality Museum where you get to learn everything you wanted to know.
Fenghuang Ancient Town
If you are wondering what China looked like before modernization, Fenghuang Ancient Town is the place to go. This Qing Dynasty town is the home to the Miao people, one of China’s 56 ethnic minorities who are famous for their embroidery and silverwork.
It is among China’s beautiful small villages and has a painting perfect scene. A calm river runs through the town, carrying residents around on boats. Its streets are narrow and some of the waterfront houses are built on stilts.
Jiaju Tibetan Village
Located in Sichuan Province is the Jiaju Tibetan Village, a Tibetan-style village that will make you feel like you are in Tibet. It is a “Tibetan fairyland” and is one of the most beautiful towns in all of China.
It is built on a forested hillside with uniquely shaped homes. The best time to visit Jiaju Tibetan Village has to be during the spring when pear trees blossoms at their peak.
China is just full of beautiful villages and Hemu is one of them. Visiting Hemu Village will take you to west China’s Xinjiang Province and to the scenic Kanas Lake area. It is a quaint and humble village seated in a wide land area. It is populated with the Tuwa people who live in log cabins.
It is an extraordinary place to visit for photo ops. On a nearby hill, there’s a platform where you can take wonderful and impressive shots of the village.