Huangyao Ancient Town, Guangxi, China
With a history of a thousand years, built-in 927 B.C, reaching its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlang of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). The name Huangyao came from the family names of the townspeople mainly Huang and Yao ethnic groups.
Some scenes from the movie ‘The Painted Veil’ was filmed here. This movie inspired me to visit China as I thought the scenery was so beautiful.
I hired a driver and English-speaking guide, from Yangshuo which took about two hours. Drivers in China usually don’t speak English so you need hire an English speaking guide as well, this was the most expensive part of my trip.
Huangyao was the most authentic town I visited in China, the narrow cobbled lanes lined with tiny coffee shops, bars and restaurants. It wasn’t crowded with tourists and only had a few souvenir shops.
At the end of the day as were walking back to the car there were a group of school children on a trip. They immediately surrounded me and they started practicing their English. The main thing they said was ‘Pleased to Meet You’ and one girl asked me where was I from – my guide translated ‘New Zealand’. I didn’t see any foreign people in this town so maybe they don’t often get the chance to talk to tourists. As we drove away they were waving goodbye to me ‘They Were so Sweet’.
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