Zhou Village

On September 1, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Cultural Experience, Guilin, by Jack Li

Zhou Village is a small village. What is worth of visiting is the limpid Yulong River that flows through the entrance of the village. In addtion, a stone arch bridge stands on the river surface that is less than ten meters wide. The bridge has a history of over 200 years, being the first ancient stone bridge on Yulong River and is also called “Wangfu Bridge”. The bridge floor has been very thin after many years’ abrasion, but the semicircle of the bridge arch is still orbicular, which shows us the well-knit skills of ancient craftmen.

There are always several countrywomen washing clothes under the bridge. They still continue to use archaic and traditional washing method, kneading and beatting clothes. If you ask them why not use washing machine, they would say “we can’t afford to buy laundry soap powder, not to mention washing machine”, which makes you feel as if being cut off from the outside world for ages. If you ask the villagers about the origin of Yulong River, they don’t have an answer. Instead, they only know some old stories that handed down from their older generation. “The monkey king is oppressed under the Five Elements Mountain ahead. He will be set free after 500 years and save all living creatures”. It sounds like entering the land of idyllic beauty that was depicted in The Story of the Peach Blossom Valley of Tao Yuanming. Finding Zhou Village is the same with finding upper reaches of Yulong River, howvery, it’s just the first step of the “Long March”.

Yulong River

Jack Li

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