Jiuxian Village in Yangshuo County nestles between dramatic karst mountains & the beautiful Yulong River. It is one of the few remaining , villages to still contain a number of Qing Dynasty grey brick houses & mud brick farm houses.
We have rented 5 of these houses & adjacent pieces of land. They were built during the mid-19th century. Most houses have a row of more durable grey bricks on the outside and 2 rows of mud bricks on the inside, making the walls almost half a metre thick. Mud was used instead of mortar during building with the joints between bricks on the outside walls finished with a mixture of lime & ash. Internally a lot of the structure is timber. Cedar wood was used for columns, beams, floor boards & screens. The roof is finished with loose-laid grey roof tiles, made from fired earth.
Since they were built by wealthy landlords the buildings have a fortified appearance from the exterior, with few window or door openings to the outside lanes at ground level. They were arranged with public areas towards the front, more private family areas in the middle and areas for servants & animals towards the back.