There are three ancient salt towns in Yunnan. If you want to visit them, prepare for an odd experience to ancient China. Nuodeng, in Yunlong county, is a hidden gem for salt and tea. If you chose to visit, prepare for an out of ordinary walk (hike) within the Bai minority’s most important cultural and architectural heritage of Ming and Qing dynasties.
Nuodeng is over 2,000 years old, and was one of the richest salt town in ancient China as belong to the Tea Horse Road. Nuodeng was also center of old Salt/Tea road connecting Dali (160km east), Baoshan, Tengchong-Birman, and Lijiang-Tibet in the north.
Most of the structures are made from mud, while part of the town looks a bit ‘modern’, most houses are quite old. Roads are mainly dirt, with a few stone or pavement ones, so wear the right shoes to enjoy the architecture that has endured for centuries.
This town very traditional, inhabitants mostly speak local language, therefore basic Mandarin should be important to manage. Also, you get to see salt wells and meat drying like old times. This village might feel like a labyrinth, but you can enjoy your time and shopping to invest in local economy (very cheap).
📍 Nuodeng Highway North 50 Meters, Yunlong county, Dali, Yunnan
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Staying in the "Ham Ancient Village", a dream more than a thousand years
along the "China on the tip of the tongue" - "Nuo Deng ham" fragrance, I visited the ancient village in the mountains of western Yunnan
Big Wave Dam - a dam worthy of "waves"
Have you ever been to such a place, sitting in the world, watching the clouds.
In front of you, the trees are lush, green grass;
beside you, the cows are leisurely, the mountain wind is low;
A small stream slowly passes through the grass, the stream is crystal clear, you can see the water at a glance The sandstone, with stones and branches in the stream, can easily jump to the other side.
Standing at the end of the big dam, can't see the margin of the green land; walking on the soft meadow, the heart will become softer; the shadow of the row of pine trees on the meadow is pulled by the old elders, the sun The figure also stretched; I couldn't help but lie on the soft carpet. The clouds in the blue sky above the head gently moved the sound of the steps, and even a flower blossoming sound could be heard.
This is a plateau meadow with oil paintings; this is a paradise that wants to jump, roll and scream a few times; it is like a beautiful dream.
self-driving route: After visiting the millennium ancient village - Nuo Deng, go out to Lanping direction, cross the Minjiang Bridge 800 meters, turn left onto Panshan Road, Tianchi Line, go straight for 22 kilometers to reach Tianchi National Level The gate of the nature reserve, then turn left to Haitang Highway, and arrive seven kilometers later.
Accommodation: Camping in the dry season, with herdsmen in the summer village, and accommodation in the Tianchi Sanctuary.
In the deep mountain valley of 1800 above sea level in Dali, Yunnan, there is a god-given taste. In the millennium, there are only two natural salt wells. The generations of the ancient villages of the ancient times have been derived from the localities and have passed down the long-standing national taste. Nuo Deng, a millennium Bai village relying on salt wells, was famous for his popularity in the first episode of the first season of "China on the Tip of the Tong". Visitors from all over the world come here to taste the Norton ham that inherits history and story.
Only after more than two months, I came to Nuo Deng Village again. This situation is definitely a small probability event for me who walks the world. But who makes me like it here. Although it is famous for China on the tip of the tongue, I like the thousand-year residence here. The whole village is built on the mountain, just like a worldly paradise. Walking on the stone steps of the first level, watching the traditional and ancient buildings with a long history, they have to feel the speciality and exquisiteness of traditional Chinese dwellings.
Finally, I went to the village of Nuo Deng in my heart.
chose a small inn along the way to stay, only because the first eye fell on the courtyard. A century-old house of cultural relics protection, a unique terraced courtyard, full of lush green, with the aroma of ham.
Click for a cup of barley tea, a book, it is an afternoon. After two days of sunrise and sunset, its a life of leisure!
If you have seen an ancient village in recent years, Nuo Deng is a good heart. The layered Bai villages are built on the hills, and the patchwork is integrated into the mountains. Although it is known to the world because of China on the tip of the tongue, it still retains its traditional appearance. People, still enjoying the sunset as the sun sets, but the paradise is no different.
Nuo Deng is the oldest village in the northwestern part of Yunnan Province. It is also the earliest historical book in the history of Yunnan Province. It has not been renamed in the village, and it is also known as the Millennium Bai Village. There are a large number of buildings in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Whether it is the famous Jade Emperor Pavilion or the residential houses, most of them are carved and painted.
Nuo Deng's dwellings are generally built on the mountain. The main room and the front room are not on one plane. Therefore, the four-storey eaves are formed. The rain falls from the sky to the courtyard of the yard. Five times, so the quadrangle of this architectural form is also known as the five drops of water.
The name is so chic, if you don't explain it, who knows what it means?
Most people in the village make a living by making salt. They suddenly admire them. I feel that such a simple life is nothing bad. It is a sunrise and a sunset. The years are smooth and peaceful.
Nuo Deng ham is famous all over the world. I am in the Qingfen of sweet-scented osmanthus, waiting for a bowl of ham fried rice - ham cut into thin and thin diced, add egg flower and mustard, then sprinkle some chopped green onion, ham Fresh, fragrant, salty, has become the soul of the whole fried rice. After taking a bite, I know that there will be no more fried rice that can exceed it.
After more than three hours' drive from Dali, you will eventually arrive at the town of Nuo Deng.
Nuo Deng Gu Town is located in Yunlong County of Dali. The house here is built on the mountain. Although there is no Dali or the prosperity of the ancient city of Lijiang, there is more simplicity.
The outer wall made of brick and soil, I feel that the ancient town has already merged with the loess in the mountains.
In addition to the well-known Nuo Deng ham, I have to go to the top of the mountain to see the Taiji map~ I forgot to say that if the weather is very good, here you can see the beautiful starry sky ~ really super beauty! Come here and really have to stay for one night.