Likeng Village

Built in 1010 during in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Likeng Village, also known as Small Likeng or Xiaolikeng, is located at the east tour line of Wuyuan, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) from Wuyuan County. With a history of more than a thousand years, it is a populated by people with surname ‘Li’. In the village, ancient buildings and exquisite wood carvings of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) show the cultural relics and deep historical heritages of the area. Ancient buildings and farm houses belong to the Huizhou style of architecture. This style can be regarded as a unique genre in Chinese architecture history.

From Song Dynasty to Qing Dynasty (960-1911), there were more than one hundred talented people in this village. Among them, 32 people were civil and military officials. They wrote 29 famous books. When they achieved success and won recognition, most of them chose to construct their hometown. So they not only built their own exquisite and grand house, but also built 12 ancestral halls, 17 temples, pavilions and bridges. In ancient time, the village was reputed as the most flourishing village of the east Wuyuan.

The entrance of the village is surrounded by an area of rape flowers and many ancient camphor trees. The entrance to the village is a via gallery bridge named Zhongshu Bridge. With a height of 9 feet (3 meters) and a length of 13 feet (4 meters), it was built in 1109 during the Northern Song Dynasty, and nowadays connects a river and this village. There is an archway behind this bridge. The top of it is inscribed with two Chinese characters “Li Keng”. Passing through the archway, one arrives at Wenchang Pavilion and a praying temple. The pavilion is an embodiment of local cultural relics. With three storeys, it contains many rare paintings and calligraphies of Ming and Qing Dynasties. The temple is considered a happiness temple that also attracts tourists. Local people strongly believe that the growth of this village benefits from this temple.

The scenery of the inner village is quite different. All the houses are painted white. The cyan roofs are decorated with abundant and exquisite wooden carvings. Small paths are covered with blue stones. Limpid streams meander between these ancient buildings. This kind of beautiful natural scenery and distinctive local characteristics reflect and complement each other. This combination is just like a Chinese ink painting. Visitors enjoy a peaceful and quiet feeling when they walk on the paths between the houses.

A main building in the typical style is an ancient private house named Scholar-Bureaucrat Manor. It is said that the house keeper became the fifth title of Chinese officers after he earned a lot of money. He built this house in order to mark his successful career. Walking further, there are many shops along both sides of the path. Many ingenious handcrafts and abundant local products attract visitors’ eyes.

To the east of Scholar-Bureaucrat Manor, there lies the Shenming Pavilion. The literal meaning of “Shenming” is to seek justice and wise judgments. In ancient times, people came together in this palace in order to discuss some puzzling and complicated problems. They expressed their own statements in order to provoke others. Most decisions and judgments promoted by ordinary people in this pavilion were wise and useful. This pavilion is just like a symbol of the wisdom of ordinary people. Nowadays, tourists often like sitting in the pavilion, and imagining the scene of people all vying with each other in airing their views.

In the easternmost part of this village is the former residence of Li Zhicheng. It is the most famous scenic spot in the village that is well worth visiting. Li Zhicheng was the martial arts scholar in Southern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127). Visitors can enter this residence and appreciate exquisite decorations at the close range. In the innermost part of the residence, there is a unique garden with an 800 year old Crape Myrtle tree. This tree still produces blossom with a 90-day florescence. Visitors appreciate the beauty of this old tree. Touring around this residence, people will feel a glorious, rich scholarly atmosphere and enjoy themselves so much that they won’t want to leave.

After touring around the village, eating a delicious meal is very enjoyable here. There are many delicious foods with local characteristics that attract tourists, such as Steamed Carp, Flower Mushroom Chukar and Tradtional Roast Meat. Each of these dishes has abundant ingredients and complex cooking steps. Especially for the roast meat, the cook will put the streaky pork into a unique sauce, then put the pork on the fire until the meat is charred outside and tender inside. Tourists are always impressed by this dish.


Take minibus at Wuyuan County Bus Station, and get off at Likeng Village station.
There are many direct buses from 06:00 am to 16:30 pm every day.
Opening time 08:00 -18:00 (March to November)  
08:00 - 17:30 (December to February)
Admission fee CNY 60 (Children under 1.2 meters / 3.9 feet will be free of charge.)
Combo Ticket of Wuyuan (Likeng included) CNY 210 per adult; CNY 105 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 and 4.9 feet); free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)

Note: This ticket is valid for 5 days and includes the following 14 scenic spots: Jiangling Village, Xiaoqi Village, Jiangwan Village, Wangkou Village, Likeng Village, Wolong Valley of Dazhang Mountain, Lingyan Cave, Sixi & Yancun Villages, Rainbow Bridge, Yantian Camphor Tree Folk Garden, Wengong Mountain, Mandarin Duck Lake, Ancestral Hall of Huangcun Village, and Shicheng Village.
- Last updated on Feb. 14, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Likeng Village
Asked by Pari from NETHERLANDS | Feb. 13, 2019 04:29Reply
Hello is there any public transport from Wuyuan to Likeng and the other way around?
What is the price for a bus ticket?

If there is only taxi transport, what is the price for a taxi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mason from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 14, 2019 23:40

As I know, you can find several direct coach from Wuyuan Railway Station to Likeng. But I cannot find the exact bus ticket. In addition, the cost for hiring a private car is around CNY350.
Asked by Lu from CHINA | Mar. 14, 2018 23:14Reply
Entrance Fee for Likeng Village
If my hotel is in Likeng, do I still have to pay the entrance fee everyday that I am there as well?
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Answered by Brain from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2018 01:37

You need to pay for the entrance fee for once when getting in for the first time. You can also contact your hostels to offer tickets with discounts.
Answered by Lu from CHINA | Mar. 15, 2018 02:34

Thank you! So the entrance fee lasts multiple days?
Answered by Brain from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2018 03:51

The combo ticket for the 12 hotspots of Wuyuan costing CNY210 is valid for 5 days, and this also can be used in Likeng, which has no separate ticket.
Answered by Lu from CHINA | Mar. 15, 2018 04:26

Ah! So if I only visit Likeng, not the other hotspots, I don't need to buy a ticket?
Thank you.
Answered by Brain from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2018 20:18

No, you still need to buy a ticket for Likeng, which costs CNY60.
Asked by jody from CANADA | May. 19, 2016 19:02Reply
bamboo forest near wuyuan jiangxi
Are there any bamboo forests near Likeng or other villages?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bruce from NETHERLANDS | May. 20, 2016 21:05

Yes, there is a famous "Ten-mile Bamboo Gallery" there. The two entrances are in Chetian village and Gangtou village in southwest Wuyuan. Besides, you can find some not so famous bamboo woods in that region, like Huangling village. Have fun~
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