Huangyao ancient town is situated in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on the lower reaches of Li River and 200km (around 3.5 hours drive) from Guilin.
It has a 900-year history and the culture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Most people in the town have the family name Huang or Yao, and therefore. the town is named Huangyao.
The town is rich with both natural and historical attractions. The old flagstone-paved streets, the ancient but well-preserved buildings, and the local people's traditional life styles are all distinctive features of the town.
In ancient times, because of its convenient access to water transportation, Huangyao was a prosperous business center.
The local people mostly engaged in commercial activities and enjoyed a fairly affluent life, so many of them spent much money on their homes to honor their families and benefit the future generations.
(The town is also dotted with many elegantly built towers and pavilions. )
The 20 plus ancestral halls and temples were built by the wealthiest families to pay tribute to the gods and their ancestors, and are much grander than the residential houses and hold a great attraction to visitors.
Just a decade ago, Huangyao ancient Town was relatively unknown to the outside world, but today. this picturesque and poetic location has become a popular tourist destination for travelers from both home and abroad.
Every corner of the town presents a typically Chinese scene and presents many marvelous photo opportunities.
A small river snakes through as to bring life. The stone bridges have met the test of time as they have stood guard from many centuries.
It is quite an amazing boat ride!
Nowadays, many local families live in small laneways as they have done for generations.
The outside world changes fast, but they stick with their traditional lifestyle and the ways of their ancestors.
Lobsters sauce is a famous local dish. The local people process the soy bean to make the lobster sauce as they have done for years,, but now it is a favorite with tourists.