Walking through a village is one thing, but being invited to experience someone’s way of life is something we are always grateful for. We love how open a lot of people we meet can be, and this was no different during a visit to Tuanshan Village in Yunnan province. While exploring the small streets, clay-built houses and marvelling at the incredible view of the rice terraces nearby, we witnessed all of the locals coming together to eat outside. It was a special day for them, celebrating the life of one of their own who had recently passed. ⠀
A sorrowful day for many, but when gathered together with tables full of food, they still managed to find that silver lining on the grey clouds and find the space within their hearts to welcome us in to see their way of life that little bit closer.⠀
📍Tuanshan Village, Yunnan Province, China
The terminal station of the small train is called Tuanshan Village. The winding old bluestone slabs connect the old houses together and string together a period of dusty history. Most of the people in Tuanshan Village are surnamed Zhang. It is said that they migrated from Jiangxi. They started mining here and entered the business community, earning a huge Zhangjia Garden. The glory of Zhang Jiahuang has ceased to exist yesterday, leaving only the embarrassment of the years.
Tuanshan Residence is a residential community located in Tuanshan Village, west of Jianshui Ancient City in Yunnan Province. It is one of the objects of world architectural heritage protection. The Tuanshan residence is not very big, and the time for the train to stay is enough. Come here to experience the characteristic buildings of the Minnan countryside. There are still many locals living in the
Tuanshan residences, and the places where commercialization is not very strong are always popular.
Tourists only had a train with us except for us, and most of them did not come in.
Ticket: 50 yuan.
Historically, Tuanshan Village was home to the Yi people. The features and social and cultural environment of villages in southern Yunnan in the 19th century have been fully preserved to the present day. The existing ancient buildings in the villages are chiefly of three types: the traditional black brick courtyards of the Han people, the tuzhangfang of the Yi people, and tuzhangfang with combined Han and Yi styles. The dwelling of each household was built using a compact and comfortable model, and the wooden carvings on the beams and window lattices are fairly delicate. In addition to wood, brick, and stone carvings, colored paintings and calligraphy are an important part of architectural decoration.