Wangkou Village

Wangkou Village, located at Jiangwan Town, is about 14 miles (23 kilometers) east of Wuyuan County. First built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), this village is embraced by rivers and mountains from three sides, and features ancient residences with ancient Huizhou style. Having stood for more than 1,000 years, it is the habitation of a group of people whose surname is “Yu”. Nowadays, it is gaining popularity among local people and tourists, and even achieved “Chinese Folk Cultural Village” in 2002. The famous ancient Yu Family Ancestral Hall is the highlight of the village.

Taking advantage of the location, during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), this village was an important center of collecting and distributing center in ancient Huizhou and Raozhou. In ancient times, the scale of business activities in Wangkou Village was impressive. There were thousands of merchant ships bobbin at the wharf, lots of stores located on both sides of the street. Nowadays, this village still maintains many traditional ancient buildings. So it can be regarded as a concentration of elegance and beauty. When tourists visit the village, they will feel an antique flavor and comfortable atmosphere there. Besides, there are lots of well-preserved ancient ancestral halls, merchants’ residences and bookstores with typical architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Many attractive scenic spots, such as Ancient Street, Yijing Hall, Maode Hall and Yu’s Ancestral Hall have become the essential parts of this village.

Ancient Street flourished in the early Qing Dynasty. With a length of 656 yards (600 meters), this street connects 340 houses of the whole village. In ancient times, along the street, there were many stores and hotels that attracted businessmen from all over the world. Nowadays, the silence of this street still wields a kind of fascinating charm.

Built in the Qing Dynasty, Yijing Hall covers 179 square yards (150 square meters). Yu Nianzeng, the owner of the hall, is known for his official incorruptible moral behavior. The implied meaning of the name of this building reminds descendants that they should teach the coming generations to work hard and learn abundant knowledge.

With an area of 300 square yards (250 square meters), Maode Hall is regarded as the example of wealthy business. The host Yu Lichen is the kind of businessman that was also in charge of sacrifices and rent collection. This hall is aimed at encouraging descendants to treat people with virtue and politeness.

Yu’s Ancestral Hall is one of the most famous ancient buildings in this village. In ancient times, this hall was a formal place to worship the ancestors of the Yu Family. It was built by a civil official named Yu Yinglun. First built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this building covers 1,334 square yards (1,116 square meters). With a height of 33 feet (10 meters), a width of 51 feet (15.6 meters) and a length of 140 feet (42.6 meters), Yu’s Ancestral Hall features exquisite wood carvings and abundant cultural relics. There are three courtyards along the central axis. The front courtyard is a wooden archway whose roof is covered with grey titles. The facade of this archway was engraved with Chinese traditional patterns of dragons and phoenixes. The central courtyard includes three main reception rooms. On both sides of the central courtyard, there is a small and exquisite garden with many kinds of plants and flowers. Hence, it is cited as “Palace of Art” and “Treasure House of Wood Carvings”.

Transportation:

Take minibus at Wuyuan County Bus Station, and get off at Wangkou Village Station.
There are many direct buses from 06:00 am to 16:30 pm every day.
 
Opening time 08:00 - 17:30
Admission fee Single Ticket: CNY 60 (Children under 1.2 meters / 3.9 feet will be free of charge.)
Combo Ticket of Wuyuan (Wangkou 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 modified on Apr. 15, 2019 -
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