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Guoliang Village

Introducing Zhengzhou Guoliang Village, Zhengzhou Guoliang Village Travel Guide
Article from Cultural China

With its small population of 300 residents, Zhengzhou Guoliang Village is well hidden in the hinterland of China's Taihang Mountains. Zhengzhou Guoliang Village is a not-to-miss stop within the Wanxianshan Scenic Area, which is a national four-A standard tourist sight and geologic park.

Perched 1,752 meters above sea level and straddling the border of Shanxi and Henan provinces, the village is made of stones. Apart from its commonly seen stone-paved pathways and stone faced residences, the most compelling stone scenery in Zhengzhou Guoliang Village would be the shrouding stone cliffs.

In 1972, to find a safe way passing in and out of Zhengzhou Guoliang Village, local people chiseled through the stone cliffs and created a five-meter-high and four-meter-wide passage. The 1,250-meter-long passage took Zhengzhou Guoliang Village five years to complete. Nowadays, to feel the cold tunnel breeze and walk the meandering passage is a popular experience for tourists.

Before the passage was opened up, a stone bridge nicknamed by locals as heavenly bridge was the only way to connect Zhengzhou Guoliang Village with the outside world. Although the bridge has been abandoned by local villagers, it is a favorite choice for mountain hikers. Despite its hazardous structure and location, it is an ideal place to observe a sunrise.

A vivid contrast to the roughness of the stones, a reservoir built in 1975 adds a touch of softness to Zhengzhou Guoliang Village. The bottom of the canyon is cut by flaming-colored stone cliffs, crystal clear water running through the rocky surface, creating waterfalls along its way.

The best season to visit Zhengzhou Guoliang Village is autumn when forests are coated in various colors like a splashed palette. Zhengzhou Guoliang Village was featured in renowned Chinese director Xie Jin's film, Bell of Purity Temple in 1991.

Quick Facts on Zhengzhou Guoliang Village

• Name: Zhengzhou Guoliang Village
• Location: 170km from Zhengzhou
• Phone: +86-373-6718988
• Best Time to Visit: September to November
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3-5 Hours
• Opening Hours: All day
• Admission Fee: CNY 80

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