Taoyan Township is 55 kilometers away from Zhuoni County. From the county seat, the road conditions are not so good. It was already noon after the bumpy road. However, Zhuonitao inkstone is one of the four famous inkstones in China and belongs to the national intangible cultural heritage. Almost every household in Taoyan Township will make Taoyan inkstones, and we have the honor to visit the production site this time. According to the master who made Tao Inkstone, the best stone for making Tao Inkstone is "Old Keng Stone", produced in Lamaya and Shuiquanwan generation in Zhuoni County. The best duck head green stone produced in deep water is as neat as jade. Tao inkstone made from it has been hard to find since ancient times. Those who are interested can purchase one on site, including inkstones, tea sets, etc., at a high price. In fact, Taoyan Township is not very touristy except for visiting Xiatao Inkstone production, but the beautiful terraced fields along the way to Taoyan Township are the most unforgettable. The terraced fields covered by white mist are full of greenery, covered with a sea of flowers. Spectacular, majestic and magnificent. In fact, the most beautiful thing about Zhuoni’s trip is along the way, the most precious, often free, self-driving can stop by the roadside to watch at any time, very free and comfortable.
Hometown of King Zang, Hometown of Tao Inkstone, Origin of Taohe Greenstone Inkstone
Among the four famous inkstones in China, the Tao inkstone produced in Zhuoni is relatively lonely compared with Duan, She, and Chengni inkstones. In terms of appearance, this kind of inkstone grows under the high mountains in the cold northwest. The stones on the shore are green and blue like Taoshui, and the stone patterns are like the waves of the Tao River. The thick ones are surging and the fine ones are ripples. From the perspective of market popularity, Tao inkstone, after being introduced to the Central Plains in the Song Dynasty, was loved by literati and ink artists due to its excellent texture and beautiful patterns. It was one of the four famous inkstones at that time. However, because its origin seemed very remote at that time, it was often isolated from the Central Plains in history, and due to various objective reasons such as small output and difficult mining, Tao Yan was not as well-known as the first three, so Tao Yan was really used. There are not many inkstones. Zhen Gu Shuo’s immortal phrase "Ask what love in the world is, and teach life and death." The author of Jin Dynasty writer Yuan Haowen, a classmate, once criticized in his article "Tao Stone Inkstone in the Valley of the Fuze Man Guo Tangchen" It reveals how precious Tao inkstone was at that time: "The old news is that parrots were fossils, and there are not countless pìtī's capable of ying knives. The county official paid six million to get this inkstone to come to Tao." Picture: Photographed by Zhuoni Wang Yuming (Tibetan, picture 5) studio of Taoyan Township, representative inheritor of national intangible heritage Taoyan and national inkstone master.
The hometown of Yantai, the flow of Tao River d. The beauty of the canyon
Taoyan Township is 80 kilometers away from Zhuoni County. The mountain roads are rugged and the traffic is extremely inconvenient. It gives me the feeling that I have been walking around the mountain roads in the ravines. After sitting in the car for 5 hours, it swayed and shook like a spring. Flying from the seat, we can see the unusual going to Taoyan Township.