Tachuan Village is considered to have one of the best autumn scenes in China.
Tachuan (literally meaning “Pagoda and Creek”) Village, also called Tashang (meaning “above the pagoda”), was built align with the shape of the mountain to create a pagoda shape. The hundred-year-old folk houses were well-arranged upon the mountain, tier upon tier, making it all look like a pagoda if seen from above. Limpid creeks wind their way through the village, adding vitality to the tranquil atmosphere of the village. That’s how the village got its name with the pagoda-like houses and the creaks.
Tachuan Village boasts numerous ancient giant trees, such as Chinese tallow trees, maples and camphor tree. Many of them have grown for hundreds of years that it needs several people hand in hand together to surround the trunk. The best time to visit Tachuan village is autumn (October and November), when the tree leaves turn multi-colored, creating a gorgeous sight, attracting many visitors and photographers.
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Laba Tofu features local flavor. Laba means the eighth day of the twelfth month of the traditional Chinese calendar, and it is when the Spring Festival (traditional Chinese New Year) is coming near. Every year on this day, every household at Tachuan Village would sun-dry the tofu, which are called “Laba Tofu”. The tofu is made from quality soybean, cut into round or square pieces and wiped with salt water. A hole is scooped in the middle but not through the tofu, and salt is put into the hole. Then it is basked in the sun till the water dry up and the salt is absorbed into the tofu. Laba Tofu tastes soft, salty and fragrant.
Hongcun Ancient Village is only 2 kilometers or 30 minutes’ walk away. Our Yellow Mountain and Tachuan Village Tour includes a visit to Hongcun Villabe, or feel free to Contact us for a customized tour.
I updated this article on January 16, 2013
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