Heyang village: a hidden treasure in Lishui
Heyang village in Jinyun county, Lishui, has a history of more than 1,000 years. [Photo/lsnews.com.cn]
In the mountains in Jinyun county, Lishui, Zhejiang province, there is a village which is more than 1,000 years old. The village, named Heyang, is still inheriting its ancient culture and customs.
Bashi Gate, dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), is still standing at the entrance to Heyang. The gate is recognized as a symbol of the village. Bashi literally means eight and refers to the eight jinshi (successful candidates in ancient Chinese imperial examinations), from Heyang who were chosen during the Song (960-1279) and Yuan dynasties.
Today in Heyang, people still regard passing through Bashi Gate as the most solemn ceremony whenever there is an event such as a wedding or a funeral.
The village's long development history and profound cultural deposits also leave Heyang people with rich and precious spiritual and cultural wealth.
The teahouse next to Bashi Gate is one of the most popular places for people in the village. The art performed in the teahouse – dujiao taichang – is a long-established performing art in Heyang. Music that usually requires a band to play can be performed by only one person.
The village is now opening its gate to visitors from around the world. Located in the mountains, it is a perfect getaway in summer.