Huangyao Ancient Town

Huangyao Ancient Town
A Bird's Eye View of Huangyao Ancient Town
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Huangyao Ancient Town, with a history of nearly 1,000 years, is located in the lower reaches of the Li River, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Hezhou and 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Guilin. In the 3.6-square-kilometer-town (1.4 square miles), are scattered more than 300 folk houses, 20 temples and ancestral halls, and 10 pavilions and opera stages, mostly in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Styles. The town has eight main streets, stretching out in eight different directions, forming a giant “Eight Trigrams” from a bird’s eye view. The folk houses are situated mainly along Longpan Street and Zhongxing Street. Here all dwellings of the same family name are centered on their ancestral hall. The other streets are commercial areas. The two banks of the Yaojiang River are the leisure and entertainment areas. Below are some major sites one should not miss when in Huangyao Ancient Town:

Immortal Ancient Well

With an area of about 50 square meters (538 square feet), this landscape houses 5 wells with 1 meter (3.28 feet) depth. The water in these wells is regarded as immortal water. Water in the first well is for drinking, the second is for washing vegetables, the third, fourth, and fifth ones are for washing clothes and agricultural irrigation. The local people take July 7th in the Chinese lunar calendar as “Water Festival” day.

An’le Temple

An’le Temple is located in An’le Street in Huangyao Ancient Town. In 1573, there were some aggressors coming to rob the local residents. The local government sent soldiers to suppress the rebellion. The people built this temple in honor of these heroic soldiers.
Ancient Opera Stage
The Ancient Opera Stage

The Ancient Opera Stage

The Ancient Opera Stage is located near the Yaojiang River. It was built in 1524. It is made of bricks and tiles and houses 8 pillars. During some festivals, local folk artists perform on the stage.

Watch Tower

This tower was built for guarding the town. People often come to burn incense and pray for peace on January 1st and 15th in the Chinese lunar calendar. 

Sima Mansion

Sima Mansion is located on Longpan Street. Sima is an official position in ancient China. The people living in this mansion have an ancestor who took this position, hence the name Sima Mansion.

“Dragon Claw” Banyan

This tree is around 500 years old, but is still luxuriant and green all year round. The roots of this banyan are like a dragons’ claw, thus the name “Dragon Claw” Banyan

Old Site of Guangxi Provincial Committee

This is located in the Baozhu Temple in Huangyao Ancient Town. It once provided shelter for many soldiers and patriots in the Sino-Janpanese War. In honor of this period of history, the Guangxi Government took this temple as the Old Site of Guangxi Provincial Committee.

Interesting Festivals Held in Huangyao Ancient Town

On Jan. 1st of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the local people get together to hold more than 20 traditional performances, such as the dragon dance, lion dance and suona horn show to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It is a spectacular and magnificent scene.

On May 5th of the Dragon Boat Festival, the people in Huangyao Ancient Town put calamus at their doors and soak the root of calamus in water to repel insects and ants.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is held on July 14th of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. On that night, people often come to the riverbank and put pomelo lamps into the river. After that, the young people often scramble for the pomelo lamp and share the pomelo with their families.

How to Get to Huangyao Ancient Town

From Hezhou:
1. Take a long-distance bus at Hezhou West Passenger Station to Huangyao. The bus departs at 6:30; 13:40; 14:40; 15:20; 16:20; 17:50. The duration is about 1.5-2 hours.
2. Take the tour bus at Hezhou Railway Station to Huangyao Ancient Town. The bus departs at 9:30; 11:00; 12:30; 14:30; 15:30; 17:00. The duration is 55 minutes. The bus ticket is CNY30.

From Guilin:
1. Take a long-distance bus at Guilin Passenger Station to Huangyao. The bus departs at 8:30 and 13:30. The duration is about 2.5-3 hours.
2. Take a high speed train at Guilin North Railway Station to Hezhou Railway Station; the duration is about 60-80 minutes. After, take the tour bus at Hezhou Railway Station to Huangyao Ancient Town.
Ticket Price CNY100
CNY 50 for children between 1.2-1.4 meters (3.9-4.6 feet)
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet) accompanied by an adult with a ticket
Open Time 8:00-17:30

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- Last updated on May. 31, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Huangyao Ancient Town
Asked by Susan from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 12, 2023 14:15Reply
Staying in the Huangyao Old Town
Hi, I was wondering if I stay in the old town can I still visit the tourist area after sunset? Also can you please tell me where exactly are the temples on the water here in Huangyao? I can't find them. Thanks
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Answered by Kevin | Sep. 13, 2023 01:24

After sunset, you can still stroll around in the old town, but the tourist attractions like temples and old mansions will be closed. I didn't know any temple on water there. The most famous Xing'ning Temple is in the east of the town.
Asked by Giorgia | Feb. 03, 2021 21:25Reply
Is there a way to reach Huangyao from yangshuo directly?
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Answered by Michelle | Feb. 07, 2021 17:28

There is no direct way between these two places. You need to make a transfer at Hezhou. Or for your convenience, you can hire a private car from Yangshuo to Huangyao directly.
Asked by Selene from ITALY | Mar. 01, 2019 00:37Reply
At what time is the bus from Huangyao to get back to Guilin?
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Answered by Samuel from POLAND | Mar. 04, 2019 19:02

The buses from Huangyao Ancient Town to Guilin depart at 08:00 and 14:00. The duration is around 4 hours.
Asked by Jack from CANADA | Nov. 03, 2018 23:34Reply
What is the bus schedule on 11/24 going from Hezhou Railway Station to Huangyao?
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Answered by Tina from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 17:44

The schedule is 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 17:00 every day. The duration is about 55 minutes and the ticket fare is CNY30.
Answered by Jack from CANADA | Nov. 13, 2018 23:23

Thanks for the complete info. Can you also share the daily bus schedule from Huangyao to Hezhou Railway station?
Answered by Tina | Nov. 14, 2018 01:28

The buses depart at 11:00, 12:20, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 19:00 from Huangyao to the railway station.
Asked by I.T from BRUNEI | Oct. 28, 2018 01:06Reply
What is the tour bus from Hezhou to Huangyao town?
tickets available any time?
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Answered by Tabitha from USA | Oct. 29, 2018 20:27

You can take the bus at Hezhou Passenger Center Terminal and the buses depart from 06:30 to 17:55. The ticket price is CNY55. You can get the bus station to buy the tickets. Don't worry.
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