04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013 18 °C
After reaching Lingjiao, took a van direct to Da Likeng via HongDao. The van cost was RMB 100 for 2 persons. The journey took about an hour. Da Likeng has this seperate entrance fee of RMB 60, so the count was RMB 320 for the entrance fee so far.
The first site upon entering Da Likeng was this bridge. It looked quite remarkable, with the house structure integrated on the bridge.
The picture represented Da Likeng for me. Lesser number of tourists and a wider stream.
However very few sites were along this stream. The interesting sites of Da Likeng were on the inner alleyways.
A typical house converted to a restaurant.
There are some interesting souvenir shops in this alleyway.
Couple of kids. The girl didn't want a picture taken of the little boy as he was not well.
This path took us into the older part of Da Likeng.
Some of these buildings did not have painted walls, and had the brickwork directly exposed.
The alleyways of Da Likeng are quite atmospheric, with the crumbly doorways and darkened walls
Was also quite empty on this saturday afternoon.
This doorway led to two houses
Loved these sub alleys
Old doorway with signs for good fortune
On the left of this picture is the kitchen, with the soot trailing up on the walls
Notice the mirror above the door on the right. More about this in a later post.
Shangshu Mansion, the first of the important buildings in Da Likeng. Build in the period of Wanli's reign in the Ming Dynasty about 400 years ago, it was the house of a senior officer - Yu Maoxue. This house is located in the middle of the village and also housed wangjing Tower, Which was the highest building in Li Village. Yu Maoxue was also the first person who introduced the Wuyuan specialty - Red Pouch Carp.
A simpler doorway, with the flat arch of top gone.
This doorway was quite colorful with the lanterns on top.
Dafu Mansion -- Built in the late Qing Dynasty about 170 years ago, it belonged to a senior officer in Daoguang's reign. The mansion is famous for its large brick gate tower, unique 3 golden stairs and main hall.
Yew House - It was the house of tea merchant, Yu Xianhui in the period of Tongzhi's reign in Qing Dynasty. The house has a simple appearance but precious wooden carvings inside.
Chongde House - The house was built in the period of Jiaqing's reign of the Qing Dynasty and has a history of over 190 years. The magnificent gate tower and simple flag stone in front, tell us the life story of owner, Yu Qiguan, a confucian scholar.
Inside of Chongde House.
Opposite Chongde house, this alleyway takes us into some old houses inside.
View of Da Likeng from the hill outside the village.
Returning back to the central stream area.
It's a nice clear afternoon....Some respite from the overcast days of earlier.
Last shot of Da Likeng, as we trek to Qinghua, which is over 20 km away.
Arts students making their way to Da Likeng.
If you are looking to stay in Da Likeng, the hotels outside the village seemed quite good. The phone numbers being -
The stream continues down further. We are on the long trek of the day - Da Likeng to Qinghua.
Da Likeng is worth the visit. Do include it in your itenerary.