Discovered by European backpackers a few years ago, Baoshan Village soon became a hot tourist destination for adventurous visitors to Yunnan which are always contained in China vacation deals. To enter from the south, one must scale stairs that end at a narrow lane leading into the village before the town’s narrow crisscrossing alleys and neat rows of buildings are visible. The village is home to about one hundred Naxi households, who use the rough narrow stone roads to reach every corner of the village. Erected against stones, most of the village’s homes are vintage two-story abodes representing typical Naxi architectural style. Propped up by several wood pillars, the first story is walled with stones unearthed from the foundation. The second floor is composed entirely of wood and roofed with black tiles.
One of the older homes in the village serves as a stone museum. Many of the artifacts collected in the house were carved from stone, vividly depicting the rich stone culture of Baoshan. Natural cliffs serve as three of the house’s walls, only slightly polished by the owner. In the kitchen, a water tank measuring 50 centimeters in diameter was carved from a huge stone. Atop another massive hollowed-out rock that serves as an oven rest several stone bowls. In another room, two beds are made of stone. It seems that time was frozen in the Stone Age. Dozens of years ago, every family in town utilized stone tanks, ovens, bowls, and beds, but in recent years, those items were replaced by more modern amenities such as ceramic bowls and gas-powered ovens. The modern appliances brought great convenience to village natives.
Residents are savvy farmers. Even though their houses sit atop a rock, they still manage to tame the land around it. Every arable slope in the village is cultivated into terraced fields. Baoshan’s terraces are nourished by an innovative irrigation system. Normally, gravity causes water to flow downward only after the upper fields are irrigated. In Baoshan, however, the fields are linked to hidden canal networks. After the upper fields receive substantial irrigation, that particular outlet can be closed and all of the water can be funneled straight to the lower fields. The design prevents fertilizer fights between patches and embodies the ancient wisdom of the Naxi. The fields primarily produce rice, wheat, and other grains. When wheat and rice mature in May and October, respectively, the village appears like a giant vessel floating on golden waves of crops. These are the best times to take a visit to Baoshan Stone Village and you can list it as your best tours of China.
China Travel Tips
From Lijiang, travelers must pass Ganhaizi, Mingyin, and Baoshan townships before arriving in the stone village, 110 kilometers away. The road linking Lijiang to Mingyin is asphalt, but the section between Mingyin and Baoshan Township is currently under construction to expand the narrow passage. From Baoshan Township, a gravel road finally leads to the stone village. At Sifangjie Station of Lijiang, travelers can rent vehicles to take them to Baoshan Township. Rental fees are 250 yuan a day for a small van and 300 yuan a day for a car. The rate will increase during peak seasons.
Accommodation and Food
The village’s five family hotels include an inner village inn and charge about 50 yuan per night during non-peak periods. Meals are available there. Many small village shops can provide other goods and services.
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