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
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!
Nuodeng Village is located in Dashanli, Yunlong County, Dali. The village of Nuodeng built a layered Bai people's residence, which is a beautiful hidden village. However, few people know that this was an important site on the ancient Tea Horse Road. Because of the salt production, this place was once a trading place where merchants gathered. Therefore, it left a lot of exquisite buildings here, which constitutes the beauty of today's Nuodeng Village.